Leo K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3052) interviewed by Meredith Coval
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
- Interview Date
- November 30, 1983.
- 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.
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.