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Jean K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1444) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1444

Videotape testimony of Jean K., who was born in 1918 in Vilnius, Poland (presently Lithuania). She recounts her sister's birth; attending Zionist meetings; studying business; Soviet occupation; marriage in 1940; her son's birth in 1941; German invasion; ghettoization; the shooting of her mother, sister and grandparents; her father's illness and death; a round-up in September 1943; separation from her husband and child (she never saw them again); deportation to Kaiserwald; slave labor in an AEG factory; assistance from fellow prisoners after a severe whipping; transfer to Stuffhof in 1944, then to Toruń one month later; Latvian civilian workers giving them food; transfer to Bromberg; a death march in February 1945; escaping with two others; hiding with a Polish woman; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Łódź, then Kielce; fleeing from a pogrom; traveling to Munich; living in Feldafing displaced persons camp; marriage to a survivor; moving to Munich; her daughter's birth; emigration to the United States; and her son's birth. Ms. K. discusses seeing a child en route to the U.S. whom she believed was her son; suing for custody and losing; her husband's early death due to beatings received in Birkenau; and receiving reparation payments.

Author/Creator
K., Jean, 1918-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1990
Interview Date
February 14, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jean K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1444). 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/4295074
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