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William K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2919) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2919

Videotape testimony of William K., who was born in Szarvas, Hungary in 1911, the oldest of seven children in an Orthodox family. He recalls brief military service in 1930; establishing a trucking business; disbelief that the events in Germany would effect Hungarian Jews; revocation of his business license in 1940 due to antisemitic laws; compulsory service in a slave labor battalion in Gyoma; assignment as a truck driver during the German offensive in Ukraine; discharge in spring 1942; hiding in a mental institution in Gyula and in his home to avoid further service; German invasion in March 1944; anti-Jewish measures; an escape attempt with his sister; their arrest; transfer to Szolnok; deportation with his family to an Austrian slave labor camp; working as a tractor driver; transfer with his family to Bergen-Belsen in December; their liberation from an evacuation train by United States troops on April 13. Mr. K. describes brief stays with his parents and two sisters in displaced persons camps in Germany and Belgium; living in Antwerp; emigrating with his family to the United States in 1949; marriage; and his daughter's birth.

K., William, 1911-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
April 28, 1994.
Szarvas (Hungary)
Gyoma (Hungary)
Gyula (Hungary)
Antwerp (Belgium)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
William K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2919). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.