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Konrad S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3172) interviewed by Barbara Engelking-Boni

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3172

Videotape testimony of Konrad S., who was born in Poland in 1940. He describes orphanage records which document that he was found abandoned in the Warsaw ghetto; being taken to an orphanage by a Polish policeman; and transfer to a convent orphanage outside of Warsaw. Mr. S. recalls staying in thirteen orphanages until he was eighteen; ostracizism and abuse by peers and staff, including some Catholic clergy; frequent hunger; inability to form emotional bonds; unsuccessfully seeking help; attending special education classes; working for a year, then being fired due to not having official documents; military enlistment at age nineteen; discharge after six months for health reasons; frequent beatings while sleeping in a Warsaw railroad station during fifteen years of homelessness; suicide attempts; hospitalization for mental illness; and obtaining official identity documents through a court procedure. He recalls finding an apartment; a brief marriage; receiving help from a Jewish organization and monetary compensation from Germany; unsuccessfully searching for his parents; and participating in a "Children of the Holocaust" organization.

Author/Creator
S., Konrad, 1940-
Published
Warsaw, Poland : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
May 6, 1995.
Language
Polish
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Konrad S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3172). 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/4290910
Record last modified: 2014-01-14 15:33:00
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