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Moshe K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1923) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1923

Videotape testimony of Moshe K., who was born in Shereshevo, Poland (presently Belarus) in 1924. He recounts attending cheder and a Tarbut school; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; increasing antisemitism; his father's arrest for performing a kosher slaughter when it became illegal; Soviet occupation; German invasion; his father's execution; forced relocation through several towns to the Pruzh︠a︡ny ghetto; the Judenrat doing its best under the circumstances to allocate resources and forced labor fairly; forced labor outside the ghetto; participating in the ghetto underground; his family's round-up and deportation (he never saw them again); deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; beatings; slave labor in a tailor shop; a fellow prisoner sharing a lemon when he was ill; transfer to Buna/Monowitz; English POWs sharing Red Cross packages; a death march to Gleiwitz, Langenbielau, and other places; shootings of many prisoners; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home via Katowice and Warsaw with assistance from the Red Cross; marriage in 1946; the births of his children; his son's emigration to the United States in 1979; joining him with his wife and daughter in 1987; and his wife's recent death. He discusses relations between national groups in the camps and shows photographs.

Author/Creator
K., Moshe, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
December 19, 1991.
Language
Yiddish
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. submaster; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Moshe K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1923). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.