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Henry K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2836) interviewed by Steven Gonzer and Judy Melman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2836

Videotape testimony of Henry K., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1923. He recalls a sheltered childhood in a well-to-do family; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; deportations in 1941, including his father's; food shortages; ghettoization; his brother's deportation in 1943; hiding in the countryside; surrendering after his sister was arrested in his stead; deportation to a slave labor camp; transfer to Blechhammer about a year later; encountering his brother, cousin, and uncle; a public hanging; his privileged position in the kitchen; sharing extra food with his relatives; being beaten by a kapo for rejecting his homosexual advances; resulting hospitalization; a kapo releasing him before a selection, saving his life; a death march in January 1945; separation from his uncle; another prisoner carrying him into Buchenwald when he could no longer walk; separation from his cousin; transfer with his brother to Gross-Rosen, then another camp; separation from his brother; transfer to Dachau in April; and liberation by United States troops. Mr. K. notes his brother and cousin survived. He shows a document from Auschwitz verifying his mother's death.

Author/Creator
K., Henry, 1923-
Published
Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1995
Interview Date
February 28, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2836). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.