Paul K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3461) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Elisabeth Inchusta
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1994
- Interview Date
- December 16, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Paul K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3461). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Paul K., a non-Jew, who was born in Ans, Belgium in 1921. He recalls a happy childhood; moving to Liège with his family in 1938; working for an insurance firm; German invasion; distributing Resistance leaflets in 1942; forming a group aiming to escape to England; traveling from Arlon to Chalon-sur-Saône; imprisonment in Dijon; a two-month sentence; transfer to another prison; refusing to "volunteer" for work in Germany; transfer to St. Gilles, then Forest; deportation to Dachau in February 1943; forming friendships; hospitalization for typhus; a prisoner physician treating him for tuberculosis; slave labor repairing trench periscopes; sabotage; bartering with prisoners and guards; receiving Red Cross and family packages, which he shared; group solidarity based on ethnicity and language; clandestine communications with his parents; liberation by United States troops; repatriation to Brussels; reunion with his family; and recuperating in Leysin. Mr. K. discusses the prisoner hierarchy; the importance to his survival of his will to live; participating in a Dachau survivor group; annual visits there; dreams, not nightmares, about his experiences; and his daughter's reluctance to hear about his experiences.