David K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-421) interviewed by Morris Beckwitt and Elaine Perlsweig,
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.
- 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.