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Jack K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1016) interviewed by Peter Merry and Harriet Tarnor Wacks

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1016

Videotape testimony of Jack K., who was born in Wieliczka, Poland in 1924, the oldest of seven children. He recalls cordial relations with non-Jews until 1936; attending yeshiva and public school in Kraków until 1939; German invasion; ghettoization and formation of a Judenrat; finding his father's body after a mass murder; the influx of Jews from Kraków to Wieliczka; forced labor at degrading tasks; transfer to Pustków; daily hangings; escape to Wieliczka; hiding; and working to obtain food for his siblings. Mr. K. recounts incidents in the Kraków ghetto, Wieliczka, Płaszów, and another camp; frequent brutality and killings; transfer to Mauthausen, Steyr, and Gusen; liberation by United States troops in May 1945; recuperation in Gmunden, Austria; living in a displaced persons camp; meeting his wife; and emigrating to the United States in 1949. Mr. K. vividly details many incidents and notes he "can shut it off" so it won't "drive me crazy."

Author/Creator
K., Jack, 1924-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : North Shore Jewish Federation Holocaust Center, 1987
Interview Date
July 28, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1016). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.