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Herbert K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2476) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2476

Videotape testimony of Herbert K., who was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1922. He recalls expulsion from public school; an apprenticeship in 1936; moving to Berlin in 1938 to learn carpentry and attend art school; Kristallnacht, which he learned was more severe in Nuremberg; his father's incarceration in Dachau for eight weeks; returning to Nuremberg in 1939; attending art school until 1941; working in a book bindery where he observed many Allied war prisoners; deportations of Jews in 1941 and 1942; his family's exemption because his father was an executive of the Jewish community; and deportation with his family to Terezín in 1943. Mr. K. describes working as a cabinet maker for the SS; deportation to Wulkow; a sadistic commander who tortured the prisoners (he received a minimal sentence after the war); a nine day train transport to Terezín with no food or water in February 1945; liberation by Soviet troops; and fleeing to the American sector. Mr. K also discusses his sister's and parents' experiences, and offers insight into the psychological conditions and notes incidents of Germans helping Jews.

Author/Creator
K., Herbert, 1922-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
Interview Date
October 27, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Herbert K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2476). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.