Chaim K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3058) interviewed by Ernest Forrai
- Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1984
- Interview Date
- February 29, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Chaim K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3058). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Chaim K., who was born in Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary in 1926, the youngest of eight children. He recalls extreme poverty in an orthodox home; attending yeshiva; pervasive antisemitism; two brothers serving in Hungarian forced labor battalions; German occupation in March 1944; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz in April; separation from his parents upon arrival (he never saw them again); transfer to Mauthausen four days later; slave labor constructing underground factories in Gusen; assistance from a German guard; being carried by a friend on the death march to Mauthausen; liberation by United States troops in May 1945; recuperating in Gusen; returning home via Vienna and Budapest, with assistance from the Joint; reunion with his sister in Sátoraljaújhely; studying in Budapest; emigrating to Israel in 1948; and joining his brother in Montreal in 1953. Mr. K. discusses conducting services and praying in concentration camps; the importance of faith to his survival; choosing not to take revenge after the war; and sharing his experiences with his children.