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Karl P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2940) interviewed by Lilian Sicular and Kathy Strochlic,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2940

Videotape testimony of Karl P., who was born in Grodziec, Poland in 1917. He recalls working in the family business; cordial relations with non-Jews; German invasion; anti-Jewish laws; volunteering for a labor camp in February 1940 to meet his family's quota; deportation to Jeleśnia; sharing packages from home with fellow prisoners; volunteering for transfer to Kłobuck in 1941; visiting his sister with assistance from a German; the German helping him to avoid punishment and obtain an easier job; assistance from a Polish guard; losing contact with his parents in 1942 (he never saw them again); smuggling food to the camp; the Kłobuck ghetto's liquidation (he never saw his sister again); train transfer and a forced march to Gross-Rosen in 1944; escape and recapture with Jews and Soviet POWs in January 1945; transfer to Nuremberg; assistance from French POWs; the death march to Dachau in March; hiding during evacuation in April; liberation by United States troops; reunion with his older brothers in Katowice; moving to Oberfranken; living in Pegnitz and Fürth; marriage in 1948; and emigration in 1955 to the United States. Mr. P. describes many details of camp life. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
P., Karl, 1917-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
November 9, 1993.
Locale
Poland
Grodziec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Jeleśnia (Poland)
Kłobuck (Poland)
Katowice (Poland)
Oberfranken (Germany)
Pegnitz (Germany)
Fürth (Bavaria, Germany)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Karl P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2940). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.