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Oral history interview with Karl Kosidois

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.340 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0340

Karl Kosidois, born in Vienna, Austria in 1916, describes growing up in an assimilated family that spoke German at home and only visited the synagogue once a year for the High Holidays; joining the Young Maccabee organization and being exposed to Zionism; his older brother leaving for Palestine in 1935; joining the Austrian Army when he was 21 years old but being asked to leave after the 1938 Anschluss; being sent to Dachau after Kristallnacht but later being freed under the condition that he leave Austria; taking a sojourn in Trieste, Italy on his way to Palestine; having his brother attempt to get him a student permit; meeting Menahem Pressler in Trieste; being sent to the concentration camp at Feramonti in Calabria; his transfer to the camp at Nereto, which was near the Adriatic Sea; fleeing Nereto with his Italian girlfriend who hid him until the end of the war; working in Rome as a musician; arriving in Palestine in 1945; moving from Haifa to Tel Aviv; and joining the Israeli Air Force as a cartographer.

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Karl Kosidois
interview:  1998 March 25
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:15
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