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