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Abraham K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1114) interviewed by Lucille B. Ritvo and Sara Moss Herz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1114

Videotape testimony of Abraham K., who was born in Biecz, Poland in 1908. He recounts his youth; entry into the family businesses; marriage in 1939; and his son's birth in 1940. He describes German persecution of Jews in Biecz; conscript labor; the death of his father-in-law from typhus; ghettoization of Biecz; the killing of 169 Jews, including his father, sister, brother and nephew; and his wife's and son's escape. Mr. K. relates deportation to Płaszów in 1942; building railroads; camp conditions; reunion with his wife and brother-in-law in the Kraków ghetto; and the killing of his son. He details transfer to Skarżysko-Kamienna in 1943; the manufacture of munitions; transfer to Buchenwald; suffering from hunger; an unsuccessful escape attempt; transfer to Terezín in April 1945; liberation by Soviet forces; and recuperation. Mr. K. describes a dream about his family which led him to return to Biecz; learning of his wife's survival and the birth of his daughter; difficulties in joining his wife and daughter in Geneva in 1946; the assistance of friends, acquaintances, and officials; emigration to the United States in 1951; and life since.

Author/Creator
K., Abraham, 1908-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
October 18, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Abraham K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1114). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/934748
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