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Walter K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1691) interviewed by Lidya Osadchey and Ellen Trachtenberg

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1691

Videotape testimony of Walter K., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1929. He describes his affluent and large, extended family; German occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; fleeing to Kielce with his family; ghettoization; a mass killing in 1941, including his sister; deportation to Pionki with his father; slave labor at an ammunition factory; public hangings; help from a Polish worker; transfer with his father to Auschwitz in September 1943; sorting clothes in Birkenau; transfer to Sosnowiec; assignment to the kitchen; sharing extra food with his father; evacuation to Mauthausen in November 1944; witnessing cannibalism; transfer to Gusen in February 1945; the death march to Gunskirchen; disappearance of German guards on May 4; hospitalization in Wels; and his father's death. Mr. K. recounts three months recuperating; traveling to Bergen-Belsen in July; returning to Łódź in December, seeking surviving relatives; leaving Poland due to antisemitism; living in Kassel displaced persons camp, then Bad Nauheim; registering in Frankfurt to go to the United States; attending classes in Bremerhaven; emigration in August 1947; and reunion with his mother. He discusses the importance to his survival of his father's support; the impact of starvation; and nightmares of hangings in Pionki.

Author/Creator
K., Walter, 1929-
Published
Houston, Tex : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
May 10,1991.
Locale
Poland
Kielce
Łódź (Poland)
Kielce (Poland)
Wels (Austria)
Bad Nauheim (Germany)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Bremerhaven (Germany)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Walter K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1691). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.