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Joseph K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-611)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-611

Videotape testimony of Joseph K., who was born in Ganichi, Czechoslovakia in approximately 1923. He recalls attending school in Sighet; cordial relations with non-Jews; belonging to Betar; his sister's and brother's emigration to Palestine; draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; assignments in Mukacheve, Kisvr̀da, and Korice; returning home; learning his other sister and her children had been shot; he and his parents hiding during a round-up with help from their maid's husband; the same man surrendering them; ghettoization in Mukacheve; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from his parents (he never saw them again); transfer to Buna/Monowitz; a Polish Jew advising him to volunteer as a machinist, which saved his life; public hangings; hospitalization; treatment by a Jewish prisoner doctor; remaining with two friends who were brothers; sharing extra food with them; another friend praying daily; Allied bombings; transfer to Flossenbürg; Czechs throwing them food en route; and a death march to Dachau.
Mr. K. describes preventing his friend from committing suicide when his brother died; transfer to Allach; liberation by United States troops; recuperating in Plzen; traveling to Prague; reunion with his fiancě and her sister; traveling to Budapest; marriage; returning to Ganichi; antisemitic responses to his presence; living in Prague and Varnsdorf; his son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949 with assistance from HIAS. He notes sharing his story with his children and becoming religious.

K., Joseph, 1923?-
Lawrence, N.Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1984
Interview Date
August 28, 1984.
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joseph K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-611). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.