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William K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-635) interviewed by Mark Blechner and Martha Schulwolf,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-635

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    Videotape testimony of William K., who was born in Tarnów, Poland, in 1922. Mr. K. recalls his youth; his father, an "ultrareligious" Talmud scholar; his mother's modest businesses which supported them; escaping domestic unhappiness in school; and prewar anti-Semitic experiences. He tells of German occupation; anti-Semitic restrictions and looting; ghettoization; being beaten publicly; the first Aktion when his father and 12,000 others were killed in June 1942; his mother's death from a heart attack; forced labor; his sister's selection in the second Aktion; his refusal to reveal the locations of hiding Jews; deportation with his brothers to Płaszów; and transfer to Mauthausen in August 1944. He describes transport to St. Valentin in September 1944 and Ebensee in April 1945; liberation; returning to Poland with his brothers; anti-Semitic incidents; fleeing from Wrocław to Munich; emigrating to America in 1947; marrying in 1949; and establishing a successful business. He reflects on his loss of belief while in the camps; a recurring dream; inability to feel joy; disappointment at his children's lack of Jewish identity and interest in the Holocaust; inability to discuss his experience with his brothers; and becoming an activist in Holocaust education programs.
    K., William, 1922-
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
    Interview Date
    November 10, 1985.
    Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie)
    Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
    Wrocław (Poland)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    William K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-635). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Blechner, Mark, interviewer.
    Schulwolf, Martha, interviewer.
    Related publication: Sentenced to remember : legacy of life in pre-1939 Poland and sixty-eight months of Nazi occupation / by William Kornbluth ; edited by Carl Calendar. -- Cranbury, New Jersey : Lehigh University Press, c1994.
    Related material: William K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1376), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocuast Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 34 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Mutual aid.

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