Abe K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4451) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2012
- Interview Date
- September 20, 2012.
- 3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Abe K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4451). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Abe K., who was born in Kraśnik, Poland in 1923, the third of three children. He recalls his family's Hasidism; attending cheder from age three; his mother's death when he was nine; completing seven years of public school; graduating as an accountant from business school in Lublin; working in the family store; German invasion; hiding during round-ups for forced labor; his father being taken in his place; paying someone to replace his father; his brother's escape to the Soviet zone; ghettoization; his father's deportation to Budzyń in October 1942; deportation of his sister and stepmother (they did not survive); receiving letters from his father; visiting him briefly; a non-Jewish woman storing merchandise from their store which he sold; learning his father had been killed; slave labor building oil depots; an evacuation march in June 1944; escaping; hiding in a forest; assistance from a local Polish family; encountering Soviet troops; returning to Kraśnik; digging up valuables he and his father had buried; draft into the Soviet military; attending a seder in Warsaw; release from the military when the war was over; and traveling to the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp. Mr. K. shows photographs.