Koppel K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2366) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
- Interview Date
- December 13, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Koppel K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2366). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Koppel K., who was born in Białobrzegi, Poland in 1928 to an affluent, Hasidic family. He recalls attending public school and cheder; antisemitic harassment; joyous holiday celebrations; German invasion in 1939; his father serving on the Judenrat; his round-up when a German was killed (they never saw him again); ghettoization; obtaining food from his father's non-Jewish associates and the Kommandant's sons; the Kommandant warning them of a deportation; the Kommandant separating him from his mother and sisters (he never saw them again); slave labor locally; transfer to Skarżysko; a privileged job; smuggling food and wood; a nurse hiding him when he was too sick to work; selection for killing; a kapo allowing him to stay behind; public hangings of escapees; singing to raise morale; transfer to Buchenwald; improved conditions; a prisoner official having them identify bad kapos from Skarżysko (others beat them to death); transfer to Schlieben; debilitation due to work with poisonous materials; reassignment after the factory was bombed; working with his friend; transfer to Theresienstadt; receiving Red Cross packages; liberation by Soviet troops; briefly returning home; joining the first transport to Windermere; wonderful conditions; living in hostels in Newport Pagnell and London; marriage; purchasing a business; and raising three children. Mr. K. discusses his Zionism and religious beliefs; yearly reunions of Windermere friends; and not judging people by their origins.