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Noah K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3254) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3254

Videotape testimony of Noah K., who was born in Slonim, Russia (presently Belarus) in 1909, one of five children. He recounts participating in Hashomer Hatzair; attending Polish gymnasium in Baranavichy; completing medical school in Vilnius; antisemitic harassment by Polish students; marriage; studying a year in Warsaw; working in Vilnius hospitals; starting private practice in Skidelʹ in 1936; his son's birth; moving to Slonim; Soviet occupation; his daughter's birth; his son's illness; his wife and son going to a sanatorium in Crimea; attending a conference in Minsk in mid-June 1941; traveling to Baranavichy; German invasion; returning home; losing contact with his wife; refusing membership on the Slonim Judenrat; a mass killing of Jews; treating those who escaped; he and his family legally remaining outside the ghetto since he was a doctor; compulsory relocation to the ghetto; Germans burning the ghetto in June 1942; entrusting valuables to a Pole who did not return them; hiding with his daughter's non-Jewish caretaker; capture; and a German hospital employee protecting him from execution.
Dr. K. recounts returning to the ghetto; his father-in-law's death; joining relatives in Vaŭkavysk; obtaining documents in Ruzhany; working as a doctor in Masty; transfer to the Vaŭkavysk ghetto; escaping at the urging of his family; he and another physician hiding with his Polish patients in Kramyanitsa; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Slonim, then Vaŭkavysk, learning his family had all been killed; working in the hospital; treating the future writer Sara Shner-Nishmit; learning his wife and son were in Israel; traveling to Moscow, Białystok, Lublin, and Humenné in order to emigrate; assistance from the Red Cross; illegal emigration from Bucharest to Palestine; and reunion with his wife and son. Mr. K. discusses Israelis' lack of interest in or understanding of survivors; the role of the Judenrat; admiration for Gershon Kwint, a Slonim ghetto leader; continued antipathy toward Germans and Germany; nightmares resulting from his experiences; and testifying at a war crimes trial.

K., Noah, 1909-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
July 16, July 23, and July 30, 1991.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Noah K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3254). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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