Arnold K. Hocaust testimony (HVT-1359) interviewed by Jackie Berger and Carol Rudnick,
Videotape testimony of Arnold K., who was born in Suwałki, Poland in 1928, the second of four brothers. He recalls his family's affluence; vacationing with his mother and brothers in summer 1939 (he never saw his father again); German invasion; living in Sokółka with his mother, brothers, and other relatives; moving to Vilnius; Soviet occupation; his relatives' deportation to Siberia; German invasion; ghettoization; forced labor with his older brother; smuggling food to his mother and younger brothers; hiding during round-ups; being found; separation from his mother and younger brothers; deportation with his older brother to Viivikonna; slave labor in coal mines with Soviet POWs for a year; transfer to Ereda; finding their uncle and cousin; his brother's futile effort to save them; slave labor for Organisation Todt; separation from his brother (he was killed); becoming depressed; transfer to Tallinn; hearing a cousin's voice which "snapped" him out of depression; ship transfer to Stutthof; assistance from Danish POWs and a German supervisor; transfer to a camp in Poland; liberation by Soviet troops; living in Lauenberg; traveling to Białystok; living in Stettin, Schlactensee displaced persons camp, and Munich; reunion with relatives returning from Siberia; assistance from UNRRA and the Joint; attending university; emigration to the United States to attend university; and earning a doctorate degree. Mr. K. discusses camp and ghetto life; the impossibility of revolt; and war criminals who live with impunity.
- Wilmington, Del. : Halina Wind Preston Holocaust Education Center, 1989
- Interview Date
- April 16, 1989.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Arnold K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1359). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.