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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.
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1094388
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