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Rabbi Abraham K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-303) interviewed by Batik Woller

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-303

Video testimony of Rabbi Abraham K., who was born in Katowice, Poland in 1918. Rabbi K. describes his family; moving to Sosnowiec in 1942; formation of the ghetto; and deportation to Auschwitz with his fiancee's family. He relates conditions in Birkenau; interaction with other prisoners; being sick with typhus; selections; and being chosen for a special detail. Rabbi K. recalls transfer to Sachsenhausen, where forged English currency was inspected and sorted for a variety of uses by the German government. Rabbi K. recounts incidents of religious observance; working on a Gestapo archive which contained records of property confiscated from Jews in Paris, Belgium and Holland; and correspondence about events in Czechoslovakia. He tells of transfer to Mauthausen through Dresden; finding wheat on the way which they saved to bake matzo on Passover; liberation by the Americans in Ebensee; reunion with his fiancee; return to Katowice; and emigration to Israel.

Author/Creator
K., Abraham, 1918-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
November 12, 1984.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Rabbi Abraham K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-303). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.