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Karl S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-173) interviewed by Dori Laub,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-173

Videotape testimony of Karl S., who was born in Breslau, Germany in 1934. Stressing the isolation from other children and silence which characterized his entire wartime experience, he tells of being sent to Kraków with his family in 1939; their being sent to Eastern Poland a year and a half later; and their 1941 move to a small town in the Carpathians which was under German control. He describes the ghettoization of the town; the cruelty toward his grandfather which he witnessed; and his flight from the town when his father was warned by an SS man. Mr. S. recalls his daily hiding in a labor camp while his parents were at work; his escape with his parents from the camp; hiding in a hole in the barn of a Polish farmer with seventeen others for a year and a half; and liberation by the Russians. He recounts his family's migration to a displaced persons camp in Germany before their emigration to the United States; the birth of his sister in 1947; and his marriage to an American woman. Mr. S. also discusses the psychological effects of his experience, particularly with regard to his relationship with his children.

S., Karl, 1934-
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
April 24, 1980.
Wrocław (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Karl S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-173). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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