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Israel K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2529) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2529

Videotape testimony of Israel K., who was born in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland in 1923, one of seven children. He recalls attending Jewish schools; his family's orthodoxy; German invasion in September 1939; his father fleeing when the Germans wanted him to head the Jewish Council; ghettoization in October; forced labor; trading outside the ghetto using false papers; his father's return; a brother and brother's wife being shot in May 1942; hiding in a bunker with his parents and sister during the ghetto's liquidation; leaving the bunker with his sister (he never saw his parents again); slave labor in glass factories in Piotrków; praying every day; deportation to Buchenwald in fall 1944; transfer to Schlieben; slave labor in a munitions factory; transfer to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home via Litoměřice; finding two aunts; joining his sister in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; bringing his aunts and his sister's husband there; visits to Berlin; moving to Munich for six months, then to Paris in 1948; meeting his wife; and emigration to the United States in 1951. Mr. K. notes almost all of his immediate and large extended family were killed in the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
K., Israel, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
March 15, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Israel K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2529). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.