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Karl K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3997)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3997

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.

K., Karl, 1916-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
Interview Date
March 25, 1998.
Vienna (Austria)
Trieste (Italy)
Banghāzī (Libya)
Naples (Italy)
Nereto (Italy)
Giulianova (Italy)
Rome (Italy)
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.