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Paul K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1655) interviewed by Laure Gutman and Froma T. Willen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1655

Videotape testimony of Paul K., who was born in 1927 in Carei, Romania. He recalls studying at home with his grandfather, a retired rabbi; disbelieving atrocity stories from Poland in 1940; Hungarian occupation; increased anti-Jewish restrictions in 1942; brief ghettoization in May 1944; transfer to the Satu Mare ghetto; his distrust of the Judenrat; volunteering with his parents for transfer to a work camp; transport to Birkenau; separation from his parents; transfer to Auschwitz, then Monowitz; hospitalization for two months; Allied bombing of the I.G. Farben factories; foraging for food; the death march beginning on January 18, 1945 to Gleiwitz; transfer to Buchenwald; Czechs throwing food into their open rail cars; extreme overcrowding; and liberation by United States troops in April. Mr. K. recounts transport with other children to France; working for the United States Army in Paris, emigration to the United States in 1947 under his uncle's sponsorship; his American relatives discomfort at hearing survivor experiences; and sharing memories with other survivor friends. He discusses the murder of his entire family; his sense he will never be at peace; many atrocities; the importance of other prisoners' help; and he reflects on his own humanity.

Author/Creator
K., Paul, 1927-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1991
Interview Date
March 17, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paul K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1655). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.