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