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William K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1376) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Dvorah Lichstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1376

Videotape testimony of William K., who was born in Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland), Poland in 1922, one of five children. In addition to information included in a previously recorded testimony (HVT-635), Mr. K. recounts writing poetry as a boy; working at his mother's candy store; one sister's emigration to Palestine in 1936; a Pole reneging on his agreement to hide their younger sister because she "looked too Jewish"; contemplating a group suicide; slave labor in the Madritsch factory in Płaszów; a severe beating in Mauthausen for refusing sexual advances by a kapo; observing cannibalism in Ebensee; hospitalization in Mysłowice en route home with his brothers after the war; and their moves to Kraków, Wrocław, then Munich. Mr. K. discusses the prisoner hierarchy in the camps; the importance to his survival of remaining with his brothers; and depression and nightmares resulting from his experiences.

Author/Creator
K., William, 1922-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
Interview Date
June 12, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
William K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1376). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4295030
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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