Shalom K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4165)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
- Interview Date
- March 2, 2000.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Shalom K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4165). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Shalom K., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1925, one of four children. He recounts his father's death; his mother running his father's factory; attending school; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization; Germans killing his mother when she tried to keep them from taking his older brothers, then killing his brothers (he and his sister were hiding under a bed); transfer to an orphanage; slave labor in a shoe factory; his sister's transfer to a hospital; her murder there; living at a former Hechalutz hachsharah; deportation to Birkenau in 1943; transfer to Auschwitz; slave labor building barracks; remaining with a group that helped each other; a German soldier giving him extra food; brief escape during train transfer to Sachsenhausen; a death march to Mauthausen; observing cannibalism; returning to Sachsenhausen, then transfer to Lieberose; a death march to Gunskirchen; liberation by United States troops; assistance from UNRRA: living in the Wels displaced persons camp; traveling with the Jewish Brigade to Villa Minozzo; illegal emigration to Palestine in 1946; and joining the Palmaḥ. Mr. K. discusses relations between different national groups of prisoners and different treatment by the guards; not sharing his experiences; and nightmares.