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Oral history interview with Anneliese Korner-Kalman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1136 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1136

The interview describes Ms. Korner-Kalman's childhood in Munich, Germany, and her proximity to Adolf Hitler, who had an apartment across the street from her family's. After the rise to power of the Nazi party and the institution of anti-Jewish laws in Germany, Ms. Korner-Kalman recalls being summoned to Gestapo offices, and then sent by her family to Geneva, Switzerland to avoid any future difficulties. She describes her studies in Geneva, and assisting refugee Austrians to reach the French border, after the Anschluss in March 1938 but before France was occupied by Nazi Germany. Ms. Kalman-Korner discusses her husband's experiences, his internment in France and his rescue by Varian Fry. She describes emigrating the United States in 1938 and studying at Columbia University, her career as a pyschologist, and discusses returning to Germany for a professional presentation and discovering that her antipathy toward Germany persisted.

Ms. Korner-Kalman wrote a memoir on her experiences of living across the street from Hitler entitled “Across the Street from Adolf Hitler.”

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Anneliese Korner-Kalman
Hilde Gattmann
interview:  2005 March 10
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:40:27
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