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Haim K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1068) interviewed by Shoshana Chosen and Oha Ben-Naftali

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1068

Videotape testimony of Haim K., who was born in Suchedniów, Russia (presently Poland) in 1911, the second of seven children. He recounts their move to Dąbrowa in 1929; German invasion; escaping east with his father and brothers; German detention in Wolbrom; transfer to Zawiercie; release; returning home; fleeing toward the Soviet zone with his brothers and a brother-in-law; being smuggled to Przemyśl; traveling to Lʹviv; returning home to retrieve his sister and her son; visiting friends in Sosnowiec; smuggling his sister and her son to Lʹviv; returning home again to bring his parents and younger siblings to Lʹviv; their refusal to leave; visiting his sister in Kielce; returning to his parents' home; round-up by the Judenrat; deportation to Germany; slave labor in several camps; forming a prisoner group to share extra food and help the ill; transfer to Ottmuth, then Freiwaldau; kind treatment by a Jehovah Witness kapo; he and two friends planning an escape for over eight months (building a bunker near a workplace near the camp, storing food, taking tools, etc.); their escape; leaving the bunker at night for food and water; a German guard discovering them and not telling anyone; discovery outside their bunker by a camp official; eluding him and returning to their bunker. The testimony ends suddenly.

K., Haim, 1911-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
Interview Date
June 29, 1984.
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Haim K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1068). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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