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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.
Locale
Germany
Aschaffenburg (Germany)
Nuremberg (Germany)
Fürth (Bavaria, Germany)
Hamburg (Germany)
St. John's (N.L.)
United States
Maastricht (Netherlands)
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.