Joseph K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1019) interviewed by Harriet Tarnor Wacks,
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.
- 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.