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Josef K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2110) interviewed by Elliot Perry

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2110

Videotape testimony of Josef K., who was born in Lask, Poland in 1927. He recalls his father's military service; antisemitic harassment; visiting relatives in Łódź; attending school for three years; spending summers in Kolumna; his father's refusal to emigrate to join relatives in Palestine; German invasion; his father's deportation to a labor camp (they never saw him again); forced labor; public hangings; ghettoization; deportation of the Jews in August 1942, including his mother and sister; being selected with his other sister for transfer to the Łódź ghetto; slave labor; helping each other find extra food; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in August 1944; seeing his sister for one last time after her head was shaved; transfer to Buna/Monowitz; improved conditions; smuggling and trading; Allied bombings; British POWs leaving them food; a death march, then train transfer to Dora; shootings and hangings; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops; revenge taken by Russian POWs; assistance from the Red Cross; depression upon realizing so few had survived; living in Feldafing and Landsberg displaced persons camps; illegal emigration to Palestine via Marseille; incarceration on Cyprus; serving in the 1948 Israel-Arab War; marriage to a British women in 1954; emigration to Britain; and raising three sons. Mr. K. notes never sharing his story with his children and the difficulty of describing the atrocities he witnessed. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
K., Josef, 1927-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
November 4, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Josef K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2110). 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/4296405
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