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Paul K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3927) interviewed by Barbara Hadley Katz and Helen Katz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3927

Videotape testimony of Paul K., who was born in Bad Berleburg, Germany in 1928. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; antisemitic incidents in school; confiscation of his father's cattle business in 1935; arrests and destruction on Kristallnacht in November 1938; his father avoiding arrest because he was hospitalized; expulsion from school; traveling with his sisters on a children's transport to Belgium; living with relatives in Mechelen (Malines); attending school; briefly fleeing during German invasion in May 1940; returning to Mechelen; traveling with one sister and his cousin to Cologne; living in a Jewish orphanage; returning home; his father's forced labor; living in a Jewish orphanage in Frankfurt; traveling with his family to Stuttgart; reunion with his older sister; obtaining visas to the United States; briefly staying in Berlin; traveling by train to Lisbon in May 1941; assistance from HIAS; arrival in the United States; marriage in 1953; and his daughters' births. He discusses the deaths of many relatives in the Holocaust; sharing his experience with his daughters; and visiting his hometown. He shows photographs and documents.

K., Paul, 1928-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1999
Interview Date
August 2, 1999.
Bad Berleburg (Germany)
Mechelen (Belgium)
Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Cologne (Germany)
Stuttgart (Germany)
Berlin (Germany)
Lisbon (Portugal)
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paul K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3927). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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