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Howard K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4339) interviewed by Dana L. Kline,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4339

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Howard K., who was born in Tarnów, Poland in 1925, one of five children in a Hasidic family. He recounts attending cheder; beatings en route to public school; his sister's emigration to Palestine in 1937; his bar mitzvah; the family move to Kraków; German invasion; anti-Jewish violence; transfer to Wieliczka; living with relatives for about a year; a mass round-up (he never saw his parents and siblings again); transfer to Płaszów; slave labor laying railroad tracks; transfer to the Kraków ghetto in fall 1942; return to Płaszów; slave labor in a cable factory; assistance from Polish co-workers; sharing food he smuggled with fellow prisoners; a public hanging; transfer to live in the factory; privileged work for the factory manager; transfer back to Płaszów in November 1944; train transport two weeks later to Flossenbürg; a high death rate due to cold, sickness, and starvation; assignment to a tank factory; Allied bombings; a death march to Litoměřice, then Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization; returning to Wieliczka; anti-Jewish violence; moving to Augsburg; emigration in 1949 to join relatives in the United States; marriage; and the births of three children. Mr. K. discusses losing hope after liberation; visiting his sister in Israel; and reluctance to share his experiences until now. He shows photographs.
    Author/Creator
    K., Howard, 1925-
    Published
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2005
    Interview Date
    July 20, 2005.
    Locale
    Poland
    Kraków
    Wieliczka
    Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Wieliczka (Poland)
    Augsburg (Germany)
    Cite As
    Howard K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4339). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 44 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/7202097
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:29:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt7202097

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