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Kurt M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1172) interviewed by M. Meyer, H. Lipstadt and Gerda Haas,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1172

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Kurt M., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1915. He recalls his excellent education prior to 1933; Hitler's ascent to power; anti-Jewish restrictions barring him from university; cantorial training; teaching in a Jewish school; the trauma of Kristallnacht; deportation to Theresienstadt in 1943; conducting religious services; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in fall 1944 (he later learned his wife volunteered to follow him); remaining with his brother; observing prisoners trampling another prisoner to death because he had sent others to their deaths; the stench of burning humans; transfer with his brother to Golleschau a week later; slave labor in a quarry; public hangings; singing Yiddish songs; the death march in January 1945; train transport to Sachsenhausen, then Flossenb├╝rg; his transfer to Traunstein (he never saw his brother again); walking away from a death march; traveling to Munich; learning his wife had survived; employment conducting religious services for radio broadcast; and working as a cantor in the United States from 1951 to 1985. Mr. M. discusses times of severe psychological stress in camps and a recent trip to Berlin.
    Author/Creator
    M., Kurt, 1915-
    Published
    Auburn, Me. : Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine, 1987
    Interview Date
    November 18, 1987.
    Locale
    Germany
    Berlin (Germany)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Kurt M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1172). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Meyer, M., interviewer.
    Lipstadt, H., interviewer.
    Haas, Gerda, interviewer.
    Notes
    Associated material: Sonja M. Holocaust testimony [wife] (HVT-1173), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 16 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Crystal Night, 1938.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4283432
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
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