Michel K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2183) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- September 15, 1992.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Michel K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2183). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Michel K., who was born in Paris, France in 1927 to eastern European immigrants. He recalls their secular life; speaking Yiddish at home (his parents never learned French); vacationing with his family in Marboz when the war started; attending school near Dijon; returning to Paris; German occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions, including wearing the star; his mother's death in November 1940; hiding during round-ups, including the Vélodrome d'hiver in July 1942; placement with his sister on a farm in Chammes; learning his father had been sent to Drancy (he never saw him again); delivering packages between Chammes and Sainte-Suzanne; apprenticing with a saddle-maker (his sister attended school); villagers hiding them in a forest when German soldiers passed through Chammes; liberation in 1944 by United States troops; returning to Paris; working as an OSE counselor in Limoges and Saint-Germain-en-Laye; meeting his future wife; correspondence from relatives in the United States; and emigrating to the United States in 1946 with assistance from HIAS. Mr. K. discusses sharing his story with his son and visiting France with him. He shows photographs and documents.