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Oral history interview with Ernest Kolben

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1994.A.0435 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0007

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    Oral history interview with Ernest Kolben

    Overview

    Interview Summary
    Ernest Kolben describes his early life in Vienna, Austria; feeling like an outcast at school; his brother’s arrest and imprisonment in Dachau on Kristallnacht; changing conditions for the Jewish community; being sent to Theresienstadt; living and work conditions in the camp; being moved to Auschwitz in September 1944; volunteering to move to Buchenwald; arriving instead at Kaufering, near Dachau; being force marched to Camp Allach; liberation by American soldiers; his 30 day hospitalization; working for the Counterintelligence Corps to find SS members; returning to Vienna; marrying; immigrating to Montreal; moving to Chicago; and splitting his time between Vienna and the US.
    Interviewee
    Ernest Kolben
    Interviewer
    Gail Schwartz
    Date
    interview:  1994 April 06

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Genre/Form
    Oral histories.
    Extent
    1 sound cassette (90 min.).

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Kolben, Ernest, 1926-

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    Gail Schwartz, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, conducted the interview with Ernest Kolben on April 6, 1994.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-16 08:11:53
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