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Herbert K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-219) interviewed by Laurel Vlock and Dori Laub,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-219

Videotape testimony of Herbert K., who was born in Peiskretscham, Germany in 1926. He discusses his prewar childhood; beatings and ostracism by classmates; damage to his family's business on Kristallnacht; their unsuccessful emigration attempt from Hamburg aboard the luxury liner St. Louis; the return to France, where he was separated from his parents; and life in a children's home in Montmorency, outside Paris. He relates his move to unoccupied France and employment in a bakery; internment in a camp in Creuse by French militia; and his escape and subsequent illegal life with false papers. Mr. K. describes Spanish and Swiss refusals of his attempts at entry into these countries; his life near Lyon pretending to be a Catholic farmer; the wartime deaths of most of his immediate family; and his postwar reunion with his brother in Paris. Other postwar experiences discussed include his work for a Jewish organization in a French children's home, through which he met Elie Wiesel; emigration to the United States; and his life thereafter.

K., Herbert, 1926-
Boston, Mass. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
July 21, 1980.
Gliwice (Poland)
Pyskowice (Poland)
Paris (France)
Creuse (France)
Montmorency (France)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Herbert K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-219). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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