Menachem K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3819)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995 and 1996
- Interview Date
- December 22, 1995 and January 12, 1996.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Menachem K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3819). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Menachem K., who was born in Berez︠h︡any, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1925. He recounts his father's death when he was an infant; his mother's remarriage; the births of two half-sisters; attending cheder, then public school; anti-Jewish boycotts; Soviet occupation; German invasion; Ukrainians killing Jews; working and living in his stepfather's factory; ghettoization; obtaining false papers to leave the ghetto; arrest and incarceration in a Ukrainian prison; his stepfather securing his release; hiding during round-ups; building a bunker at a Polish friend's home in Mechishchev; the ghetto's liquidation; his father's suicide; receiving a flesh wound while escaping from a mass shooting; hearing the shooting from his hiding place; walking to Mechishchev; hiding in his friend's attic; learning his mother, sister, aunt, and grandmother had survived in a bunker; retrieving them; hiding in the bunker in Mechishchev, then moving to a forest bunker; returning to his Polish friend's house for the winter; their host's murder by Ukrainian nationalists; his wife continuing to care for them; returning to the forest bunker in the spring; obtaining food from nearby villages; encountering another group of Jews in hiding; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; moving to Bytom; traveling to a kibbutz near Rome; illegal emigration by ship to Palestine; interdiction by the British; incarceration on Cyprus; and release in 1947. Mr. K. discusses bringing the daughters of his rescuers to the Yad Vashem ceremony honoring them as “Righteous among the Nations,” and writing a book about his experiences.