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Joseph K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4147) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4147

Videotape testimony of Joseph K., who was born in a Polish village near Iwye (presently Iŭe, Belarus), one of five children. He recalls attending the Tarbut school in Iwye (only five out of sixty classmates survived); Soviet occupation; his bar mitzvah in 1939; German invasion in 1941; ghettoization in Iwye; a mass shooting of 2,500 Jews; his father bribing a guard to let them go to Lida; brief imprisonment; release to the Lida ghetto; slave labor on the railroad; his mother arranging his and his brothers' escape to the partisans; joining Tuvia Bielski's brigade; fleeing German attacks; living with his brothers in the forests near their native town from July 1943 to May 1944; assistance from a few non-Jews (he is still in touch with one farmer); observing Germans retreat; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Iwye; his brothers' draft into the Soviet military; reunion with an uncle; traveling to Łódź, then with Beriḥah to Kraków, Bratislava, and Austria; living in Bindermichl displaced persons camp; assistance from UNRRA and the Joint; traveling to Rome; and emigrating to the United States to join relatives in 1947. Mr. K. is emotional as he tells his story.

Author/Creator
K., Joseph, 1926-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2001
Interview Date
August 29, 2001.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Joseph K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4147). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.