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Saul K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2485) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2485

Videotape testimony of Saul K., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1927 and brought up in two small villages. He recalls German invasion; moving to Łódź; ghettoization; overcrowding, extreme hunger, and deportations; his aunt's six young children starving to death; his father volunteering for forced labor in Germany in 1941, hoping to provide resources for the family; receiving money and packages from him for a short time; and deportation to Birkenau when the ghetto was liquidated in 1944. Mr. K. recounts transfer to Auschwitz after three weeks; assisting a Polish block leader prepare food for the SS; giving his extra rations to other prisoners; transfer to Sachsenhausen; abusive treatment of Soviet prisoners of war; transfer to the Heinkel factory in Oranienburg; once receiving Red Cross food packages; nightly overflights of Allied bombers en route to Berlin; a Dutch block leader who helped all "his" prisoners survive; a death march in April; and liberation by Soviet and United States troops. He describes living in a displaced persons camp; reunion with his father; living in Augsberg prior to their emigration to the United States in 1949; and his subsequent life.

Author/Creator
K., Saul, 1927-2005.
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
Interview Date
December 4, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Saul K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2485). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.