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Mordka K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1501) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Frances Proctor Cohen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1501

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.

Author/Creator
K., Mordka, 1921-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
May 8, 1991.
Locale
Soviet Union
Sieradz (Poland)
Siberia (Russia)
Poland
Zduńska Wola (Poland)
Białystok (Poland)
Vaŭkavysk (Belarus)
Paris (France)
Małkinia (Poland)
Palestine
Language
English
Copies
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.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/992507
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:32:00
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