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Ben K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-416) interviewed by Olga Samuel and Charles Portney,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-416

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    Videotape testimony of Ben K., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1921. He describes antisemitic incidents; German invasion; being drafted into the Polish army; discharge after Polish capitulation; his father fleeing to the Soviet zone and returning because his mother refused to leave Warsaw; ghettoization; slave labor and beatings; joining the underground; obtaining train tickets through a Polish friend; escaping with friends to Józefów; joining partisans near Lublin in 1941; military actions against Germans; learning that Polish partisans were killing Jews; fleeing with Soviet prisoners of war to Ukraine; returning to Poland with the Soviet-sponsored partisan group Wanda Wasilewska in 1943; discovering the bodies of forty Jewish women and children slaughtered by Poles; smuggling himself into the Warsaw ghetto to bring food to his parents; rejoining the partisans; participating in the liberation of Chełm and Janow Lubelski in 1944; deserting the Soviet army in order to avoid being killed by Poles, as his friends had been; fleeing to Danzig in 1945; marriage; his daughter's birth in Fulda; living in Stuttgart; and emigrating to the United States. Mr. K. emphasizes the importance of Jewish partisans and resistance and the additional difficulties due to Polish hostility toward Jews.
    K., Ben, 1921-
    Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
    Interview Date
    March 6, 1983.
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Józefów (Poland)
    Chełm (Lublin, Poland)
    Gdańsk (Poland)
    Fulda (Germany)
    Stuttgart (Germany)
    Cite As
    Ben K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-416). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Samuel, Olga, interviewer.
    Portney, Charles, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (58 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Wanda Wasilewska brigade.
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Postwar experiences.

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