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Larry K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1734) interviewed by Norman Blumenthal and Sandra Rosenstock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1734

Videotape testimony of Larry K., who was born in Z︠H︡uprany, Poland in 1925. He recounts childhood antisemitic harassment; attending schools in Salos, Smorgonʹ, and Oshmi︠a︡ny; Soviet occupation in 1939; attending Russian school; German invasion in 1941; a mass killing including his father (his mother "bought him out"); transfer to the Oshmi︠a︡ny ghetto; a mass killing; transfer with his family to a camp in Lithuania; slave labor constructing roads and railroads; transfer to Stutthof about a year later; the deaths of his mother and siblings; transfer to Dachau a month later; working as an engraver for almost three years; liberation by United States troops; moving to the Soviet zone; draft into the Soviet military; fleeing to his hometown in November 1945; finding only four Jewish survivors; traveling to Oshmi︠a︡ny; smuggling himself to Linz displaced persons camp in Austria; working for Beriḥah assisting in smuggling Jews to Palestine; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. K. discusses hunger in the camps and dreams of bread and milk; the importance to his survival of willpower, wishing for revenge, and instinct; sharing his experiences with his children despite his own difficulty believing them; nightmares; and pervasive memories. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
K., Larry, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 4, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Larry K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1734). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4317601
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
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