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Gregory K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3620) interviewed by Irina Trampolski

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3620

Videotape testimony of Gregory K., who was born in Pleshchenit︠s︡y, Belarus in 1912. He describes becoming a blacksmith; antisemitic violence; moving to Minsk; enlistment in the Soviet Army; discharge three years later; working in Leningrad; returning to Minsk; marriage in 1938; his daughter's birth in 1939; German invasion in June 1941; being beaten by a German officer; forced labor; becoming temporarily deaf from a beating; an order for all men to gather; separation of the Jews; their imprisonment and release; ghettoization; deportation to Lublin, then Budzyń; beatings by guards and kapos; transfer to camps including Wieliczka, Mielec, Litoměřice, Mühldorf; and Dachau; train evacuation to Flossenbürg; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; returning home in June; and working in Stalingrad. Mr. K. discusses atrocities and beatings in camps; local Czechs giving them food in Litoměřice; permanent injuries resulting from many beatings; attributing his survival to faith in God; and his children's lack of interest in his experiences.

Author/Creator
K., Gregory, 1912-
Published
Mahili︠o︡ŭ, Belarus : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
August 11, 1995.
Language
Russian
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gregory K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3620). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.