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Jack K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2122) interviewed by Elliot Perry

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2122

Videotape testimony of Jack K., who was born in Zakroczym, Poland in 1920, the oldest of three children. He recounts his family's poverty and orthodoxy; attending cheder and public school; antisemitic laws resulting in financial hardships; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; leaving school at fourteen due to his family's poverty; moving to Warsaw; living on the street until he found a job at a grocery store; enlisting in the Polish military in 1938; German invasion; being wounded and captured as a POW; release; finding his family in Płońsk; smuggling food to his uncle in the Warsaw ghetto; ghettoization; forced labor; deportation with his family to Auschwitz in October 1942; separation from his parents and brother; transfer with his uncle to Jawischowitz; slave labor in a coal mine; a Polish supervisor giving him extra bread, which he shared with his uncle and to which he attributes his survival; public executions; a death march and train transfer to Buchenwald in January 1945; his uncle's murder; liberation by United States troops; traveling to Paris with French prisoners; assistance from the Red Cross; joining his aunt in Toulouse, then living with her in Paris; emigration to join an aunt in England in 1948; working in a coal mine; antisemitic harassment by British miners; marriage in 1949; establishing a business; and the births of two sons. Mr. K. notes that of his large, extended family in Poland, he is the only surivivor.

Author/Creator
K., Jack, 1920-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
January 28, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2122). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.