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Kalman W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3565)

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    Videotape testimony of Kalman W., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1920. He recounts attending a local Bundist school and summer camp in Vilnius; joining Bundist protests against antisemitic laws; an accounting apprenticeship in 1938; German invasion in September 1939; orders to report for military service with his father in Warsaw; German bombings; returning home; ghettoization; teaching in a ghetto school; his family concealing his grandmother's death to obtain her rations; round-ups and deportations; work in the ghetto finance office; listening to a clandestine radio and disseminating the news; Ḥayim Rumkowski assigning him as a factory accountant; meeting his future wife; arrest of a clandestine radio team; retrieving the radio from his family's apartment before a German search; his father's, uncles' and cousin's arrest (he never saw them again); hiding the radio with a friend; transfer to a factory; listening to BBC; deportation with his brother in October 1944 to Radogoszcz, Oranienburg, Sachsenhausen, and Königs Wusterhausen; slave labor building tank barricades; liberation by Soviet troops; celebrating Passover with Jewish soldiers; reunion with his girlfriend in Łódź; a friend's murder in anti-Jewish riots; and emigrating with his wife to Israel via Marseille in 1948. Mr. W. discusses the Bund, Rumkowski, Mendel Grossman (the ghetto photographer), and other radio operators; saving the radio as a political act; and donating it to the Ghetto Fighters Museum.
    W., Kalman, 1920-
    Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
    Interview Date
    July 25, 1993 and August 1, 1993.
    Łódź (Poland)
    Vilnius (Lithuania)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Marseille (France)
    Cite As
    Kalman W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3565). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    This testimony is in Hebrew.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    2 videorecordings (2 hr., 58 min., 1 hr., 58 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Survivor-child relations.

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