SynopsisKarl S. was born in Łódź, Poland in May of 1928. He describes his family and the Jewish community. He recalls his early education and childhood. Karl describes the German invasion in September of 1939, increased anti-Jewish laws, and violence. He describes ghettoization. He describes his experience attending secret schools and working forced labour. Karl describes hiding during the round up of children in the ghetto. Karl and his mother were transferred to Auschwitz and he describes his experience arriving at the camp. He explains the selection process and describes the food. He recalls being transferred to Wustefiersdorf camp and working digging trenches. He describes a mass shooting, surviving, and escaping with another prisoner. Karl received assistance from a farmer but was returned to the camp after being reported. He describes liberation and time spent in a hospital after the war. Karl discusses returning to Łódź and describes the Jewish community. He describes escaping to Paris and immigrating to Canada to join relatives. Karl describes sharing his experience with his family and his life in Canada.
RightsRecorded at the University of British Columbia as part of the Holocaust Documentation Project | Principal Investigator: Robert Krell, M.D. | Consent to Record and Retain Records (fn: Under the auspices of the Standing Committee on the Holocaust and Canadian Jewish Congress - Pacific Region) on file.
NoteTestimony was simultaneously recorded on audio cassette and video cassette.