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Oral history interview with Kurt Herzog

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.3 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0003

Kurt Herzog, born April 16, 1918 in Vienna, Austria, discusses employment difficulties for Jews prior to World War II; police involvement in Nazi activities; immigrating illegally to Belgium after the Anschluss in 1938; interning in refugee camps until May 1940; being deported to the French refugee camp St. Cyprien on May 10, 1940; being transported to Gurs and then to Drancy in the summer of 1942; being sent in a rail transport to Birkenau; being among the minority selected for work rather than gassed; an incident with SS officer Allmayer; being marched to Jawischowitz camp; learning about gassing from Auschwitz inmates; an incident in Vienna with a non-Jewish friend who helped his family; being transferred to Dora, a branch camp of Buchenwald, at the end of 1944; witnessing a mass execution; being evacuated to Ravensbrück during April 1945; a second evacuation from which he escaped; meeting Russian soldiers; returning to Vienna in 1945; moving to Australia in September 1948.

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Herzog, Kurt
interview:  1990 April 04
1 sound cassette.
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Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:11:15
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