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Meyer K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1683) interviewed by Raya C. Schapiro and Elsa Roth,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1683

Videotape testimony of Meyer K., who was born in Poland in 1920. He discusses living with his family in the Starachowice ghetto; his parents' killing during the ghetto's liquidation in October 1942; selection with his five brothers for forced labor in a munitions factory; his older brother's death; transfer with his brothers by train to Birkenau in June 1944; claiming, with one brother, that they were blacksmiths (he never saw the other two brothers again); waiting for work assignment in the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); helping his brother during the death march on January 18, 1945; transfer to Mauthausen; forced labor in an underground factory in Gusen; beatings and public hangings; liberation by United States troops; and their move to Linz. Mr. K. describes their search for relatives; traveling to Modena, Italy with the Jewish brigade; living with his nieces and nephews in Germany; and emigrating to Canada. He discusses the importance to his survival of luck, volunteering as a blacksmith, and being with his brother.

K., Meyer, 1920-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1988
Interview Date
January 31, 1988.
Linz (Austria)
Modena (Italy)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Meyer K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1683). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.