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Morris K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3024) interviewed by Sandy Hoffman and Rita Benchimol,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3024

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    Videotape testimony of Morris K., who was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1922. He recalls his father's successful business; entering college in 1940; Soviet occupation; German invasion in June 1941; anti-Jewish violence; ghettoization; mass killings, including some relatives; forced labor at a military airfield; participation in the underground; one brother being captured, assigned to disinter bodies from mass graves, escaping into the ghetto, and then to the partisans (he survived); transfer with his parents and another brother to Kauen-Schanzen; becoming friendly with his future wife; spontaneously having her escape while marching to a deportation train in summer 1944 (she survived in hiding); his own escape from the train; hiding for two weeks; encountering Soviet troops; returning to Kaunas; reunion with his future wife and brother; learning his mother had perished but his father and brother had survived; his father's return; marriage in 1945; oppression under the Soviets; illegally smuggling themselves to Germany; organizing a vocational school at Rosenheim displaced persons camp; assistance from the Joint; one daughter's birth; his wife's illnesses; completing school in Munich; and emigration to the United States in 1951. Mr. K. discusses his occasional traumatic memories and a recent visit to Lithuania with his wife, three daughters, and niece. He shows photographs.
    K., Morris, 1922-
    Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1994
    Interview Date
    November 18, 1994.
    Kaunas (Lithuania)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Morris K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3024). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Hoffman, Sanford, interviewer.
    Benchimol, Rita, interviewer.
    Associated material: Miriam K. Holocaust testimony [wife](HVT-1169), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 58 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Soviet occupation.
    Mass killings.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

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