Karl K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3997)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
- Interview Date
- March 25, 1998.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Karl K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3997). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Karl K., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1916, one of two brothers. He recounts attending public school, then gymnasium; playing sports for Maccabi; his older brother's emigration to Palestine in 1935; military draft in 1937; the Anschluss; expulsion from the army with other Jewish soldiers two months later; increasing antisemitism; round-up with his father on Kristallnacht; his father's release due to his age; deportation to Dachau; slave labor cleaning nearby houses; assistance from the non-Jewish blockaltester; release on June 6 based on his pledge to emigrate within a month; his parents obtaining a ticket for him to Shanghai; traveling to Trieste, intending to emigrate to Palestine; his mother writing that his father had died; failed attempts to obtain papers for Palestine; traveling illegally to Banghāzī; capture and imprisonment in Naples; brief incarceration in Ferramonti, a few years in Nereto, then Giulianova; forced labor building roads; escaping to Nereto; hiding with assistance from a non-Jew; moving to Rome; liberation; and illegal emigration to Palestine in 1945. He notes hardly feeling the war due to the help of Italians.