Mikhael K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1924) interviewed by Jaschael Pery
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- December 16, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Mikhael K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1924). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Mikhael K., who was born in Rokitnoye, Ukraine in 1925. He recalls Soviet antisemitism prior to the war; evacuating with his family to Kazakhstan after the German bombing of Kiev in June 1941; his brother's service in the Soviet military (he was killed in 1942); starvation conditions while working on a collective farm; entering the Soviet military at the end of 1942; serving at the front; being wounded in March 1944; a six-month recovery; gradually learning of the destruction of Jews; joining his family in Kazakhstan; their return to Rokitnoye in October 1944; entering university; increased antisemitism; marriage in 1950; moving frequently; his first wife's death in 1970; remarriage; emigration to Israel in 1980 (his children went to the United States); and joining them in 1985. Mr. K. discusses continuing antisemitism in Ukraine and the Soviet policy of ignoring Jewish losses during the Holocaust.