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Rabbi David K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3198) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak, Belah Guṭerman and Chaya Mʻeiri

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3198

Videotape testimony of Rabbi David K., who was born in Grimaylov, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1903. He recalls attending cheder and yeshiva; studying in Ternopilʹ, Breslau (Wrocław), and Vilnius; receiving rabbinical ordination and a doctorate in philosophy; teaching Judaism in L'viv public schools beginning in 1929; Soviet occupation in 1939; teaching history in Yiddish; marriage and his daughter's birth; Ukrainian violence against Jews as the Soviets retreated; German occupation; public executions; working in industrial jobs; ghettoization; changes in administration of the Judenrat due to refusals to carry out German orders; rabbis debating if giving up a few to save many accorded with Jewish law; a non-Jew assisting him in holding a group seder in a ghetto factory; incarceration in Janowska; former students helping him adjust; celebrating Hanukkah; escaping after thirteen months; hiding in a monastery and with the Metropolitan Andriĭ Sheptyt︠s︡ʹkyĭ; and writing his memoir while hiding. Rabbi K. discusses several Judenrat heads, particularly Henryk Landsberg; the role of the Jewish police; and his refusal to testify at postwar trials in Jewish courts against Jewish ghetto policemen.

K., David, 1903-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
March 27, 1991.
Hrymaĭliv (Ukraine)
Ternopilʹ (Ukraine)
Wrocław (Poland)
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rabbi David K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3198). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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