David K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-421) interviewed by Morris Beckwitt and Elaine Perlsweig
- Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
- Interview Date
- April 30, 1983.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- David K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-421). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of David K., who was born in Skuodas, Lithuania in 1905. He recalls the family's move to Łódź in 1913; German occupation in World War I; his mother's death in 1920; choosing not to emigrate to the United States in 1923; serving in the Polish army from 1926 to 1928; working as an accountant; German invasion; fleeing to Warsaw and returning immediately; his father's death in 1940; ghettoization; working for the Judenrat; contact with Ḥayim Rumkowski; arrival of Czech, German, and Austrian Jews in 1942; deportation of the sick, elderly, and children; liquidation of the ghetto; separation from his sister and wife upon arrival at Auschwitz (he never saw them again); slave labor at a factory in Hannover, then at Ahlem; advice from a guard to remain with the sick during the camp's evacuation in April 1945; and liberation. Mr. K. describes his remarriage in 1946; his son's birth in 1947 in Germany; testifying at war crime trials in 1946 and 1947; emigrating to the United States in 1950; and his second son's birth in 1951. He notes several instances of receiving assistance from Germans in the ghetto and camps.