Henri K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3000) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Elisabeth Inchusta
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1994
- Interview Date
- March 21, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Henri K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3000). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Henri K., who was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1926. He recounts his parents' and their siblings' emigration from Poland during World War I; speaking Yiddish at home; a priest espousing antisemitic ideas during religious instruction in public school; German invasion; fleeing with his family to Revelles, France; after three months, round-up with other non-citizens in Cape la Hague for six months; internment in Rivesaltes; release in February 1942 due to his Parisian aunt's bribes; returning from Vierzon to Brussels, using false papers; his sister's deportation (he never saw her again); deportation with his parents and other sister to Malines in September; separation from his mother and sister at Cosel (he never saw them again), en route to Sakrau; slave labor building roads; friendship with three prisoners, who remain friends to the present; arguments between religious Jews maintaining fasts and socialists; transfer to Kleinmangersdorf; prisoners killing two vicious kapos; transfer to Tarnowitz; injuries from which he still suffers; separation from his father upon transfer to Annaberg, Szopienice, then Blechhammer; reunion with his father; public hangings; Allied bombardments; a death march in January 1945 to Gross-Rosen; transfer to Buchenwald; his father's death; liberation by United States troops; prisoners killing Ukrainian guards; repatriation with Red Cross assistance; hospitalization for tuberculosis; earning a diploma in art; and marriage in 1949. Mr. K. discusses learning of his father's past in the camps; his father's sacrifices to keep him alive; the importance to survival of maintaining morale; humor in the camps; inter-group relations; and not talking about his experiences for many years due to the pain it caused him.