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Paul K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3461) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Elisabeth Inchusta

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3461

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.

Author/Creator
K., Paul, 1921-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1994
Interview Date
December 16, 1994.
Language
French
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4291782
Record last modified: 2014-04-07 16:24:00
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