Jack K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1016) interviewed by Peter Merry and Harriet Tarnor Wacks
- Peabody, Mass. : North Shore Jewish Federation Holocaust Center, 1987
- Interview Date
- July 28, 1987.
- 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.
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."