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Joe K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-474) interviewed by Judy Levendula,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-474

Videotape testimony of Joe K., who was born in Czechoslovakia in approximately 1929, the youngest of seven children. He recalls attending the village school; his father's death; Hungarian occupation; his brothers' conscriptions into Hungarian slave labor battalions; round-up to the Munkács ghetto; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from his mother and two sisters (he never saw them again); giving extra clothing to his other sister; transfer a few days later to Buchenwald, then Leipzig; slave labor in a factory; Allied bombings; train transport a year later; escaping during an Allied bombing; capture; a death march; Czechs throwing them food in Litoměřice; a friend assisting him when he gave up hope; arrival in Theresienstadt; German guards letting them take food from nearby fields; sharing it with friends; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization; traveling to Bratislava; re-hospitalization; traveling to Chop; reunion with his three brothers, sister, and other relatives; living in Kráľovský Chlmec; joining a children's group to England in May 1946; emigrating to the United States in December 1949 to join his brother; military draft a year later; and combat experience in Korea. Mr. K. discusses returning to Hungary to transfer his father's remains to Israel; and his daughter's interest in his experiences.

Author/Creator
K., Joe, 1929?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
August 1, 1984.
Locale
Ukraine
Mukacheve
Czechoslovakia
Litoměřice (Czech Republic)
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Chop (Ukraine)
Kráľovský Chlmec (Slovakia)
England
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joe K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-474). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.