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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1019

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.

Author/Creator
K., Joseph, 1912-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : North Shore Jewish Federation Holocaust Center, 1987
Interview Date
July 29, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1090377
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:11:00
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