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Joachim K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3314) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak and Anita Tarsi,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3314

Videotape testimony of Joachim K., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1922. He recalls observing Jewish holidays, although his family was not religious and had a strong sense of German identity; his parents' Zionism; his membership in a Zionist youth group; attending a Jewish school; overnight changes when Hitler came to power; frequent Nazi parades; as a boy, wanting to be part of the parades and Hitler Youth groups; deciding to emigrate to Palestine upon hearing it was possible through his youth group; writing to his parents from Palestine, although in retrospect, less frequently than he should have; learning in 1941 his mother had died; learning a year later she had committed suicide; learning after the war his father had died prior to deportation (they are both buried in Berlin); being sent illegally to a displaced persons camp in 1946; visiting Berlin; and visiting again a few years ago. Mr. K. discusses his denial of what was happening in Europe during the war and not sharing his experiences, even with his children.

K., Joachim, 1922-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
October 17, 1991.
Berlin (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Yehoyakim K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3314). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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