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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3172

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    Summary
    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.
    Locale
    Poland
    Warsaw
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Cite As
    Konrad S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3172). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Engelking, Barbara, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in Polish.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Polish
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 8 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290910
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:33:00
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