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David K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1856) interviewed by Brana Gurewitsch

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1856

Videotape testimony of David K., who was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1937. He recounts moving to Spišská Nová Ves in 1941; attending cheder; his grandmother's arrest; living with his aunt in another town; conversion to Protestantism with his brother for protection; their placement in a convent orphanage; affection for a sister who cared for him when he was sick; awareness of other Jewish children; warm relations among the Christian and Jewish children; being hidden during German searches; the director's arrest; attending church; his uncle's visit (he was a partisan); evacuation in April 1945 as the front approached; liberation; returning to the orphanage; living with an aunt and uncle in Košice; their emigration to France in 1948; brief residence in Paris, then living in an OSE home near Taverny; and emigrating to Israel in 1949. Mr. K. discusses his brother's reluctance to revert to Judaism and his own rapid reversion; local townspeople's knowledge that Jewish children were in the orphanage; sharing his experiences with his children; his belief that more focus be placed upon people who risked their lives to save Jews; and the importance of individuals who take a stand against malevolent governments or systems. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
K., David, 1937-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
May 26, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1856). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.