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Leo K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2571) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2571

Videotape testimony of Leo K., who was born in Aschaffenburg, Germany in 1922, the older of two sons. He recounts his father was a cantor and synagogue teacher; moving to Nuremberg when he was three; attending Jewish schools, including high school in Fürth with Henry Kissinger; attending an orthodox youth group convention in Hamburg; his father obtaining a cantor's position in St. John's, Newfoundland; their emigration in March 1938 to escape Nazism; their move to the United States in March 1941; military draft in May 1943; intelligence training; participating in campaigns with the 2nd Armored Division; interrogating German POWs; discovering hidden Jews in Maastricht; his discharge after the war to become a translator at war crime trials in Nuremberg; finding his former home destroyed; translating depositions of Hermann Göring, Otto Ohlendorf, and Walter Schellenberg; meeting his future wife, a fellow interpreter; returning to the U.S. in 1948; marriage; the births of two children; and his career as a psychologist. Mr. K. notes learning of the camps and extermination of the Jews only after the war. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
K., Leo, 1922-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
May 25, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leo K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2571). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.