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Oral history interview with Kurt Herzog

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

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    Oral history interview with Kurt Herzog


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Kurt Herzog
    interview:  1990 April 04
    Credit Line
    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.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Herzog, Kurt, 1918-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Kurt Herzog for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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