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Renny K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-705)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-705

Videotape testimony of Renny K., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1924. She recounts the emigration of three brothers to the United States before her birth, and a fourth in 1938; German invasion and bombardment; smuggling food into the Warsaw ghetto; marriage; escaping to Radomsko with her husband; her son's birth; taking him to her husband's sister in Staszów; obtaining false papers as a non-Jew from her brother-in-law; working as a maid in Warsaw; after a year, leaving to see her son; not being able to find him (she thinks Poles surrendered him to the Germans and he was sent to Auschwitz); quitting her job due to fears of exposure; joining Jewish partisans near Małkinia; and returning to participate in the Warsaw ghetto uprising. Mrs K. remembers escaping through the sewers; working as a non-Jew; liberation by Soviet troops; contacting her brother in Chicago from Czechoslovakia; learning her husband perished in Auschwitz; living in a displaced persons camp in Germany for a year; and emigration to the United States. She discusses traveling to Poland and Israel looking for her child (she cannot be sure about his death); remarriage to an American; and the births of three children.

K., Renny, 1924-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
Interview Date
April 6, 1986.
Warsaw (Poland)
Radomsko (Poland)
Staszów (Województwo Świętokrzyskie, Poland)
Małkinia (Poland)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Renny K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-705). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.