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Serge K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2159) interviewed by Colette Zumstein and Régine Azria

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2159

Videotape testimony of Serge K., who was born in Saint Mandé, France in 1929. He recalls his family's secular life; German invasion; fleeing with his family to Marseille via Argenton-sur-Creuse, Orléans, and Châteauroux; German bombardment en route; attending high school; joining the Jewish scouts (EIF); arrest with his family in May 1943; imprisonment; transfer to Drancy; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in July 1943; separation from his father, mother and sister (he never saw them again); a prisoner advising him to say he was older; a privileged assignment indoors; hospitalization; a Polish non-Jew sharing packages with him; a doctor and German non-Jewish prisoner saving him from selections; a privileged position in the hospital removing corpses and cleaning rooms; assignment to Canada Kommando; trying to help arriving prisoners (e.g. warning young women to give their children to others); public hangings; friendship with Greek Jews that helped him feel human; the Sonderkommando uprising in October 1944; transfer to Gross-Rosen; slave labor in a quarry, a forest, then the burial brigade; liberation in May 1945 by Soviet troops; repatriation to Hotel Lutetia in Paris via Bratislava and Plzeň; and living in an orphanage in Boulogne-Billancourt for four years, which helped him adjust to “normal” life. Mr. K discusses the camp hierarchy; his dual identity both as a survivor and as someone with everyday problems; and his negative Jewish identity, defined for him by antisemitism.

Author/Creator
K., Serge, 1929-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
Interview Date
February 6, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Serge K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2159). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4286567
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