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Maurice K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2920) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2920

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.

Author/Creator
K., Maurice, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
May 10, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4289273
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 19:20:00
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