Michael K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1026) interviewed by Shelly Jubelirer and Gitta Chaet,
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.
- Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1987
- Interview Date
- June 29, 1987.
Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
Weimer (Thuringia, Germany)
- 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.