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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3461

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    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.
    K., Paul, 1921-
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1994
    Interview Date
    December 16, 1994.
    Ans (Belgium)
    Liège (Belgium)
    Arlon (Belgium)
    Chalon-sur-Saône (France)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Leysin (Switzerland)
    Cite As
    Paul K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3461). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Thanassekos, Yannis, interviewer.
    Inchusta, Elisabeth, interviewer.
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 37 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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