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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.
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.