William K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1376) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Dvorah Lichstein
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
- Interview Date
- June 12, 1989.
- 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.
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.