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Leo K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3052) interviewed by Meredith Coval

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3052

Videotape testimony of Leo K., who was born in Rzeszów, Poland in 1913. He recounts his parents moving to the Hague, Netherlands when he was six months old; moving to Antwerp when he was about thirteen; returning to the Hague with his mother and siblings; working as a furrier; military induction in 1937; being changed to reserve status; German invasion in May 1940; his son's birth in August; forming a resistance unit; anti-Jewish restrictions; round-ups; a non-Jewish colleague offering a hiding place in his home; several police interrogations; clandestinely moving to his friend's attic; staying seven months; his wife at times renting a room elsewhere; placing their son with another family; weekly visits to him; his mother's deportation in 1943; avoiding discovery many times; establishing his business after the war; disappointment that so few Jews returned from the camps; welcoming camp survivors into their home; and emigration to Canada in 1950. Mr. K. discusses his constant fear during the war years; painful memories during return trips to Holland; and total hostility toward Germans. He shows documents and photographs.

Author/Creator
K., Leo, 1913-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
Interview Date
November 30, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Leo K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3052). 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/4290272
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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