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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.

K., Walter, 1929-
Houston, Tex : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
May 10,1991.
Łódź (Poland)
Kielce (Poland)
Wels (Austria)
Bad Nauheim (Germany)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Bremerhaven (Germany)
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.