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Kurt G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2448) interviewed by David Krakow and Charles Ticho,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2448

Videotape testimony of Kurt G., who was born in a small town in Westphalia, Germany in 1917. One of fifteen children in a poor family, he recalls leaving home at age fourteen; an apprenticeship in Upper Silesia until 1937; his close friendship with the owner of a Berlin factory where he worked; Nazi attacks on students; fending off an SS assault; avoiding arrest during Kristallnacht by hiding in various locations in Berlin; escaping with three friends to Ter Apel, Netherlands; capture and return to Germany; five weeks in prison in Emden, then Berlin; emigration to England in March 1939; working with German friends to construct a refugee camp; relocation as enemy aliens to the Isle of Man, then Québec; fights with German prisoners of war; returning to England; marriage in Wales; transfer to London; volunteering as a "firewatcher" during bombing raids; and emigration to the United States after the war. He describes how most of his siblings were killed during the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
G., Kurt, 1917-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1992
Interview Date
July 1, 1992.
Locale
Germany
Westphalia (Germany)
Silesia, Upper (Poland and Czech Republic)
Berlin (Germany)
Ter Apel (Netherlands)
Emden (Lower Saxony, Germany)
Isle of Man
Wales
London (England)
Québec (Province)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Kurt G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2448). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.