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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.

K., George, 1926-
New Haven, Conn. : 1995
Interview Date
May 17, 1995.
Katowice (Poland)
Radomsko (Poland)
Munich (Germany)
Planegg (Germany)
Plymouth (England)
Johannesburg (South Africa)
Lublin (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Paris (France)
Montréal (Québec)
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.
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