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Salomon K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4439) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Colette Zumstein,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4439

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Salomon K., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1926, one of four children. He recounts a happy childhood; German invasion; ghettoization; deportation with his family to Birkenau; an older man compelling him to separate from his family; pointless slave labor moving stones; volunteering as a machinist; a privileged position as a mason; a French-Jewish prisoner helping him; remaining with him throughout his experience, to which he attributes his survival; seeing two of his sisters from a distance; transfer three months later to Warsaw; clearing rubble; improved food and housing; their supervisor protecting them; escaping during the Warsaw uprising; joining the Poles, posing as French prisoners; capture by the Germans; transfer to Germany as POWs; other French prisoners placing decorative tattoos over their camp tattoos to hide their identities; forced labor on farms; constant fear of discovery as a Jew, particularly by the Poles; liberation by British troops; requesting repatriation to the Hotel Lutetia in Paris; attending school to learn French; and marriage to another student. Mr. K. discusses continuing painful memories of his experience; frequent nightmares; and identifying himself first a Jew, then as French.
    Author/Creator
    K., Salomon, 1926-
    Published
    Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1994
    Interview Date
    February 14, 1992.
    Locale
    Greece
    Thessalonikē
    Germany
    Thessalonikē (Greece)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Cite As
    Salomon K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4439). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zarka, Josette, interviewer.
    Zumstein, Colette, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    Language
    French
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 13 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors
    Mutual aid.
    Hiding.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/9723693
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:54:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt9723693

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