Maurice K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2920) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
- Interview Date
- May 10, 1994.
- 2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Maurice K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2920). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Maurice K., who was born in Užhorod, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1924, one of ten children. He recalls antisemitic harassment from age four; his observant home; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish laws; one brother's emigration to Switzerland; protection due to family political connections; German occupation in April 1944; anti-Jewish measures; his mother arranging hiding places for him and his siblings in May; hiding on a farm; ghettoization of his parents, two brothers, and sister-in-law (he never saw his parents and one brother again); taking food to others in hiding; being joined by his brother; posing as a Christian; joining their sister in Budapest with assistance from a German officer; obtaining false papers; working with his brother in a German Army garage, then in the food industry, which exempted them from the military; witnessing a mass killing of Jews; liberation by Soviet troops in January 1945; finding his siblings (all but one survived); moving to Oradea; living in Prague with eight siblings; and emigration to the United States via France. Mr. K. discusses people's reluctance to hear about his experiences; sharing his story with his children and students; continuing nightmares; and his ongoing relationship with the family who hid him.