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Walter K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2859) interviewed by Raymond Kaplan

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2859

Videotape testimony of Walter K., who was born in Röhrenfurth, Germany in 1922. He recounts anti-Jewish laws banning him from high school in 1936; Kristallnacht; imprisonment with his father and relatives in Kassel, then Buchenwald; his father's and uncles' release as World War I veterans; his release to Erfurt two weeks later; forced labor in Kassel; emigration to the Netherlands on a Kindertransport in February 1939; entering through Oldenzaal; living in Rotterdam, Eindhoven, and Amsterdam; obtaining emigration documents for the United States in March 1940; transfer to Westerbork refugee camp in April; German invasion; transfer to Friesland; returning to Westerbork (now a concentration camp); receiving letters from his parents; meeting his future wife in 1942; transport to Theresienstadt in September 1944; encountering an uncle and aunts; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau; receiving food from friends; transfer to Hirschberg, then Bad Warmbrunn; working in a factory; receiving food from a civilian worker; burying corpses in mass graves; the guards' desertion; returning to the Netherlands; recuperating in Amsterdam and Arnhem; marriage in December 1945; his son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1951. Mr. K. notes reluctance to discuss his story with non-survivors. He shows documents.

Author/Creator
K., Walter, 1922-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1995
Interview Date
February 17, 1995.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Walter K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2859). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.