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Oral history interview with Werner Kleeman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2008.38 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0523

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Werner Kleeman, born in 1919 in Gaukönigshofen, Germany, discusses his childhood in Germany; being raised in an Orthodox family; antisemitic attitudes in Germany in the 1930s; Kristallnacht; being taken to the Ochsenfurt prison and finding out about the concentration camps; being sent to Dachau; being released from Dachau; immigrating to the United States; joining the US Army in June 1942; getting his family out of Germany; experiencing antisemitism in the army; going through amphibious training in West Florida in 1943; his travels and work for the army in Europe as a translator; being part of the D-Day invasion; meeting Ernest Hemingway in Germany; life after the Holocaust for himself and for others involved in the war; his wife and children; and his book “From Dachau to D-Day.”

Interviewee
Mr. Werner Kleeman
Interviewer
Neenah Ellis
Date
2008 March 19  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
8 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..