Konrad S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3172) interviewed by Barbara Engelking-Boni
- Warsaw, Poland : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- May 6, 1995.
- 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.
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.