Mordka K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1501) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Frances Proctor Cohen
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- May 8, 1991.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Mordka K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1501). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Mordka K., who was born in Zduńska Wola, Poland, in 1921. Mr. K. tells of his childhood in a religious home; local Jews' disbelief of conditions in Germany related by Zbaszyń deportees; fleeing to Łódź during the German invasion; return home; being rounded-up and imprisoned at Sieradz in November 1939; release; and telling his family of his decision to escape to the Soviet zone. He recounts abuse by Germans while crossing the border at Małkinia; going to Białystok; living with other refugees in Volkovysk; arrest in spring 1940; deportation to a Siberian labor camp; and learning survival techniques from longtime Russian inmates. He recalls joining the Polish army in mid-1941; training in the Caucasus, then Persia; rumors of persecution in Poland; transfer to Palestine in 1944; disbanding and dispersal of his Jewish unit among Polish units; deserting after his reunion with friends and relatives; marriage; going to Paris in 1945; reunion with his sole surviving brother; return to Poland in 1948 to seek restitution of his family's property; departure in 1957 for Israel; and emigration to America in 1959. Mr. K. reflects on the deaths of six million Jews and the enormous loss to the Jewish community and the world.