Joseph K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1019) interviewed by Harriet Tarnor Wacks
- Peabody, Mass. : North Shore Jewish Federation Holocaust Center, 1987
- Interview Date
- July 29, 1987.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Joseph K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1019). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Joseph K., who was born in Włodawa, Poland in 1912. He recalls serving in the Polish army until 1937; working in the family business; German invasion; mobilization; fleeing to Włodawa; his mother's illness and death; round-ups and beatings; serving a few days in the Jewish police; hiding with Ukrainians; learning of a mass murder; ghettoization; transfer to a nearby labor camp; and his father's and two sisters' deportation to Sobibor. Mr. K. recounts escaping; his leadership of a group hiding in the forest; joining Soviet partisans; help from local farmers during an illness; his brother's arrival after liquidation of the labor camp; combat against the Germans as part of a Soviet partisan brigade; and transfer to Vladivostok in April 1945 for combat in China. He describes returning to Poland in 1946; learning his brother had emigrated to the United States; his marriage in Lublin; and emigration to Israel in 1957, then Canada. Mr. K. details many specific episodes and notes that he can never forget his experiences.