Rabbi David K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3198) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak, Belah Guṭerman and Chaya Mʻeiri
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- March 27, 1991.
- 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.
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.