Egon K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3395) interviewed by Eva Lezzi and Irene Diekmann
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europaïsch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
- Interview Date
- July 7 and October 26, 1995.
- 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.
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.