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Oral history interview with Wilfred Kay

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.330 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0330

Wilfred Kay discusses his childhood in Pultusk, Poland; his education in Jewish schools; his memories of antisemitism; the changes that began to occur after the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany in September 1939; the family's flight to the nearby town of Wyszkow; their capture by Nazi troops and his father's arrest; their return to Pultusk; their expulsion from the town at the end of September 1939; their flight to Soviet-occupied Poland; his mother's illness; the children being placed in various orphanages; being placed in a special summer camp; the invasion of Soviet territory by Nazi Germany in June 1941; being sent to an alternate orphanage in Mardovia, close to Moscow; being separated from his siblings who were left behind in orphanages; being conscripted to work in factories in 1944; his post-war travels; learning that the Jews in the community where he had left his mother had been rounded up in 1942; his experiences in a displaced persons camp in Bad Reichenhall, Germany; his involvement with a kibbutz group that was preparing refugees for immigration to Palestine; his education in an ORT school; his immigration to the United States in 1949; learning English; working at a farm and factory; serving in the US Army during the Korean War; returning to study electrical engineering; his career at Pacific Gas & Electric Company; and his ongoing efforts to find documentation of the fate of his brothers and sisters, which he has not been able to determine.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Mr. Wilfred Kay
interview:  2001 March 07
interview:  2001 April 04
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:33:45
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