Jack K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3257) interviewed by Sara Iwanir and Nathan Beyrak
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- March 9, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jack K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3257). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jack K., who was born in Poland in 1920, the oldest of three brothers. He recounts his family moving to Trier in 1925; attending school; antisemitism beginning in 1932; moving to Barcelona, then Palma de Mallorca; moving to Marseille, then Paris in 1936 due to the Spanish Civil War; participating in Betar; organizing illegal emigration to Palestine; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; deportation with his father and brothers to Pithiviers in May 1941; his mother's visit; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau in June 1942; obtaining a privileged office position because he spoke German and typed; public hangings; Simon G., a friend who worked in the kitchen, giving him extra food; hospitalization for typhus; obtaining poison from Desire H., a prisoner doctor, to commit suicide when he thought he was to be castrated (he was not); contact with the camp underground; substituting the names of dead prisoners on selection lists; his brothers' arrival; his younger brother's death; transfer with his other brother to Sachsenhausen in October 1944; slave labor in a Heinkel factory; Allied bombings; a death march to Kaufering; slave labor building an airplane hangar; re-assignment to office work by an Auschwitz official who recognized him; liberation by United States troops; repatriation to Hotel Lutetia in Paris; reunion with his parents, who had been hidden by non-Jews; testifying in war crime trials in Germany and Rudolf Höss' trial in Warsaw; marriage to a woman who had been in hiding; his parents' emigration to Israel in 1952; his daughter's birth; and joining his parents in 1955. Mr. K. discusses the hierarchy in camps; sadistic killings; prisoners saving each other many times, including him and his brother; emotional difficulties due to his experiences; the pain of relating his story; and not sharing it with his wife and daughter.