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Paula K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2455) interviewed by Alys Kremer Grossman and Beatrice Harrison

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2455

Videotape testimony of Paula K., who was born in Kłodawa, Poland in 1924. She recalls German invasion in 1939; German soldiers severely beating, then killing the rabbi and others; expulsion from their home; non-Jews providing food for her family; twenty months in a forced labor camp; being beaten by a guard; crocheting for civilian workers to earn extra food; a Polish woman who often assisted her; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; hiding injuries to avoid selection; an SS woman who gave her extra food; transfer to Czechoslovakia in late 1944; sabotaging their work in an airplane factory; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. K. describes returning to Kłodawa; a warm reception from her neighbors; marriage; fleeing to Berlin to escape antisemitic attacks; her daughters' births; and emigration to the United States in 1951. She discusses her reluctance to speak of her experience until a gathering of Holocaust survivors in Israel in 1981, and her subsequent efforts to educate children about the Holocaust as a memorial to her parents.

Author/Creator
K., Paula, 1924-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
Interview Date
August 6, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paula K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2455). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1096683
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:12:00
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