Israel K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2529) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- March 15, 1993.
- 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.
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.