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Gerard K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2495) interviewed by Gillian Green Douek

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2495

Videotape testimony of Gerard K., who was born in Paris, France in 1935, the oldest of three brothers. He recounts that his mother was born in England; his family's move to Montargis in 1937; attending school; German occupation; his father's deportation in June 1943; receiving a letter from him, which he reads; his mother obtaining funds from Jewish and Quaker organizations in Paris; the local priest warning them to hide prior to round-ups; traveling from Châlette to Clefmont; hiding with a non-Jewish woman from May to August 1944, using false papers; after liberation, being sent to a refugee camp in Orléans in May 1945, then to Paris; emigration to join relatives in England in November 1945; placement with his brothers in an orphanage because his mother could not support them; learning his father had been killed in Auschwitz; his mother's frequent visits; and serving in the British military. Mr. K. discusses continuing contact with the woman who hid them; happy times during the war, playing with his brothers; his mother's difficult life; and visiting Auschwitz with her in 1983. He shows photographs, documents, and the yellow star he was compelled to wear.

Author/Creator
K., Gerard, 1935-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
October 15, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gerard K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2495). 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/4296832
Record last modified: 2012-05-03 15:48:00
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