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Moshe K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3822)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3822

Videotape testimony of Moshe K., who was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1931, the older of two brothers. He recounts attending school; visiting relatives in Vilnius; Soviet occupation; attending a Yiddish school; German invasion in 1941; fleeing east; returning weeks later; ghettoization; attending a clandestine school; becoming religious; his bar mitzvah; hiding during round-ups; digging a bunker with his brother; round-up in July 1944 (his brother was killed in the bunker); deportation with his parents to Stutthof; transfer with his father to Landsberg; transfer with a group of children to Dachau; Ze'ev G., an older boy, volunteering to accompany them; Ze'ev organizing them, to which he attributes their survival; bonding with other religious boys; praying frequently; transfer to Birkenau six days later; selections; transfer to Dora; slave labor at a forge; a French prisoner giving him extra food; a death march and train transfer to Buchenwald; hiding to avoid evacuation; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; transfer by the Red Cross to a tuberculosis sanatorium in Switzerland; learning his mother had survived, but his father had not; attending school in Zug; legal emigration to Palestine via Marseille; becoming less religious; falsifying his age to enlist in the military; discharge in 1950; marriage; his son's birth; and his mother's arrival in 1955. Mr. K. discusses constant fear in the camps; his sense of homelessness after the war; a troubled relationship with his mother; and difficulty differentiating true memories. He shows photographs, documents, and texts he wrote during and immediately after the war.

K., Moshe, 1931-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
January 26 and February 23, 1996.
Kaunas (Lithuania)
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Zug (Switzerland)
Marseille (France)
3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Moshe K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3822). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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