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Leopold K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3174) interviewed by Michel Sobelman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3174

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    Videotape testimony of Leopold K., who was born in Peremyshli︠a︡ny, Poland in 1918. He recalls his family's history as famous klezmer musicians; attending a multi-ethnic school; studies in L'viv; friendships with non-Jews; Soviet occupation; German invasion; escape east; returning home after Germans overtook them; formation of the ghetto and Judenrat; working in a hospital; a mass killing which included his father; building a bunker under their house; hiding in an outhouse, which still haunts him, and in the bunker; receiving food from non-Jewish friends; reluctance to escape from the ghetto; escaping execution after playing music for the German police; deportation to Jaktorów concentration camp; working in Krosenko quarry; playing in a camp band; teaching an SS-guard to play a waltz under threat of severe punishment; a German for whom he played bringing Mr. K.'s mother to Jaktorów; transfer to Kurowice; being abused while playing to a group of drunken Germans; making contact with A.K. partisans; "stealing" weapons for them; his mother being shot during his escape to the partisans with his brother; fighting Germans and Ukrainian partisans; writing songs and playing for his platoon; returning to Peremyshli︠a︡ny; moving to L'viv; joining the Polish Peoples Army; playing for the soldiers; meeting American troops at the Laba River; living in Kraków; organizing a singing and dancing group; studying conducting at the Academy of Music; becoming the music director of the Jewish Theater in Warsaw; and writing songs and music for film and theater.
    K., Leopold, 1918-
    Kraków, Poland : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
    Interview Date
    May 12, 1995.
    Peremyshli︠a︡ny (Ukraine)
    Lʹviv (Ukraine)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Cite As
    Leopold K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3174). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Sobelman, Michel, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Polish.
    Related publication: W lwowskiej Armii Krajowej / Jerzy Wegierski. -- Warszawa : Instytut Wydawn. Pax, c1989.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Soviet occupation.
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

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