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Oral history interview with Josef Kneissl

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.402.2 | RG Number: RG-50.654.0002

Josef Kneissl, born in 1927 in St. Leonard, South Tyrol, discusses his arrest following his brother’s desertion from the German Army in 1944; his time as a prisoner in St. Leonard and then in the internment camp in Bozen; being placed in a separate barrack as his brother; the composition of the SS guard which included Germans and local Italians; seeing SS soldiers frequently beating Italian prisoners at the camp; the death of many Italian prisoners in the camp hospital; hearing about a Jewish prisoner from Switzerland who was transported out of camp; witnessing the hanging of an Italian prisoner in January 1945; deaths in the camp as a result of starvation and exhaustion; his release from the camp in April 1945 and return home; and the prosecution of SS guards after the war.

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Josef Kneissl
interview:  2009 December 06
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:48:38
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