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