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George K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2855) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Lucille B. Ritvo,

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    Overview

    Summary
    Videotape testimony of George K., who was born in Katowice, Poland in 1926. He recalls his childhood in an assimilated home in Radomsko; increased antisemitism after 1938; the outbreak of war; fleeing with his parents to Lublin; returning to Radomsko; ghettoization; helping Jews forced into the ghetto from surrounding villages; hiding with his parents during the first action; worsening conditions; his parents' arrest; desperate attempts to escape, including to Warsaw; acquiring false papers; and traveling to Munich as a non-Jewish slave laborer. Dr. K. describes posing as a Polish fighter; obtaining legitimate papers; working on a farm and later with a municipal official in Planegg; relationships with Jewish women and Polish workers; Allied bombings of Munich; liberation by United States troops; reunion with his brother from England; volunteering to serve in the Polish army in Paris; reunion with his other brother in Plymouth; emigration with his brothers to Johannesburg; marriage; and emigration to Montréal, then the United States. He discusses the psychological effects of his experiences; reluctance to share his experiences with his children; and his recent visits to Poland. Dr. K. shows many photographs.
    Author/Creator
    K., George, 1926-
    Published
    New Haven, Conn. : 1995
    Interview Date
    May 17, 1995.
    Locale
    Poland
    Radomsko
    Katowice (Poland)
    Radomsko (Poland)
    Munich (Germany)
    Planegg (Germany)
    Plymouth (England)
    Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Lublin (Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Paris (France)
    Montréal (Québec)
    Cite As
    George K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2855). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rudof, Joanne Weiner, interviewer.
    Ritvo, Lucille B.,

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 42 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    False papers.
    Hiding.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Mutual aid.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Survivor-child relations.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1091677
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:44:00
    This page:
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