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Michael K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1026) interviewed by Shelly Jubelirer and Gitta Chaet

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1026

Videotape testimony of Michael K., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1919, one of seven children. He recounts his mother's death; his father's remarriage; antisemitic violence; learning the wholesale shoe business starting at age fourteen; German invasion; moving with his family to an older sister's home in Tarnów; arrest for traveling on a train; incarceration in Pustków; escaping; moving with his family to Proszowice, then into the Kraków ghetto; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; remaining with his father and brother; his father's selection for death; transfer to Buna/Monowitz; a boy helping him obtain a better job; transfer to Gross-Rosen, then Buchenwald; his brother's death; liberation by United States troops; living in Weimar; emigration to Israel in 1948; military service; and marriage. Mr. K. discusses public hangings of camp escapees; observing Yom Kippur one year in camp; not understanding how he survived; and being the sole survivor of his family.

Author/Creator
K., Michael, 1919-
Published
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1987
Interview Date
June 29, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Michael K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1026). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.