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Egon K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3395) interviewed by Eva Lezzi and Irene Diekmann

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3395

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.

Author/Creator
K., Egon, 1918-
Published
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europaïsch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
Interview Date
July 7 and October 26, 1995.
Language
German
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291584
Record last modified: 2014-12-10 11:47:00
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