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Henry and Sally K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2390) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2390

Videotape testimony of Henry and Sally K. Ms. K. was born in Wolanów, Poland in 1930, one of five children. She recounts her family's orthodoxy; harassment by non-Jewish children; attending a Jewish school in Radom; German invasion; soldiers burning the synagogue and killing the rabbi; her father being killed; her older brother hiding, and her sister going to Warsaw (she was killed); incarceration with her mother, sister, and younger brother in a forced labor camp for about a year; their transfer to Bliżyn; public execution of her cousin when he tried to escape; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her brother; saving her mother from selections; their transfer to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; learning her older brother had returned and was killed by Poles; her mother sending her to England to study; her mother, sister, and younger brother emigrating to Israel; marriage to a survivor; and the birth of two sons. Ms. K discusses fasting on Yom Kippur and participating in daily prayers led by her mother in the camps; pervasive painful memories; nightmares; and sharing her experiences with her children.
Mr. K. was born in Konin, Poland in 1927, one of two brothers. He recounts his family's relative affluence (his father was a kosher butcher); attending Polish school and cheder; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; German invasion; his family moving to Warsaw; joining his grandparents in Ostrowiec, then their move to Ćmielów; separation from his family when he was deported to Bodzechów in 1942 (he never saw them again); slave labor; transfer to the Ostrowiec ghetto; his uncle supporting him; transfer with two uncles to Ostrowiec camp, then to Auschwitz/Birkenau; assignment to the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager) the day after its liquidation; transfer to Zgoda (Świętochłowice); frequent public hangings; a German taking him to a dentist; transfer to Dachau, Mauthausen, then Gusen; slave labor in a weapons factory; receiving Red Cross packages; liberation by United States troops; walking to Linz; returning home; reunion with a cousin in Zakopane; living in Leipheim and Feldafing displaced persons camps; traveling to Merano, then Grottaferrata with a kibbutz he had joined; emigrating to join an uncle in England; marriage to a survivor; and the birth of two sons. Mr. K. notes the loss of many relatives and nightmares resulting from his experiences.

K., Henry, 1927-
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
March 1, 1991.
Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski
Wolanów (Poland)
Konin (Województwo Wielkopolskie, Poland)
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski (Poland)
Ćmielów (Województwo Świętokrzyskie, Poland)
Zakopane (Poland)
Linz (Austria)
Merano (Italy)
Grottaferrata (Italy)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry and Sally K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2390). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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