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Rudolf K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-709) interviewed by Susan Millen and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-709

Videotape testimony of Rudolf K., who was born in Poland in 1900. He describes his family's move to Leipzig, Germany in 1905; being forced to move during World War I as "enemy aliens"; a later move to Dresden; and starting his business, marriage and the birth of his daughter in Paris. He recalls returning to Germany in 1925 at the request of his parents; founding a successful business; police harassment; escaping to Poland; and helping his family leave Germany with the aid of a friend in the Nazi Party. He tells of liquidating his business in Poland because he was accused of tax evasion; traveling to Stockholm; and obtaining a one year visa to the United States and travel documents for his family in Vienna. Mr. K. recounts life in Cuba from 1938 to 1941 and his successful campaign to gain admission to the United States for himself and his family. He relates obtaining a job through HIAS in New Haven, Connecticut; business ventures; receiving restitution from the West German government for the loss of his business; and his life after he became blind from a degenerative eye disease.

Author/Creator
K., Rudolf, 1900-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
Interview Date
July 23, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with timecoding.
Cite As
Rudolf K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-709). 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/946955
Record last modified: 2015-01-07 15:30:00
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