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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2855

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)
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
George K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2855). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1091677
Record last modified: 2018-05-30 11:44:00
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