Egon K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3395) interviewed by Eva Lezzi and Irene Diekmann,
Videotape testimony of Egon K., who was born in Rathenow, Germany in 1918, the youngest of three sons. He recounts attending school; his father's prominent position in the Jewish community; anti-Jewish boycotts starting in 1933; training as an optician; anti-Jewish curriculum; the Nuremberg laws prohibiting him from taking his certification exam; his father's beating and arrest on Kristallnacht; fleeing to an aunt's home in Berlin; his middle brother's emigration to Palestine; his older brother's death from illness in 1939; emigration to Shanghai; organizing a Zionist youth group; deteriorating conditions after Pearl Harbor; working at a leather factory; the arrival of United States forces; emigration to Seattle in 1948, then to Tel Aviv in 1949; reunion with his brother; marriage; the births of two children; returning to West Germany; his wife's and brother's deaths in 1986; and visits to Rathenow. Mr. K. notes his parents were deported and never returned.
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europaïsch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
- Interview Date
- July 7 and October 26, 1995.
Tel Aviv (Israel)
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Egon K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3395). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.