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Oral history interview with Kurt Klein

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0106

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    Oral history interview with Kurt Klein


    Interview Summary
    Kurt Klein, born in Walldorf, Germany on July 2, 1920, describes his family; his early life in Germany; moving with his sister to Buffalo, NY in 1937 to live with their aunt and uncle; trying to help his parents emigrate from Germany but learning that they had been deported to Auschwitz, where they perished in the gas chambers; joining the US Army in the 5th Infantry Division because of his ability to speak German; interrogating German prisoners of war for tactical information; being assigned with his unit to enter a surrendered town in Czechoslovakia in order to look for German POWs in May 1945; finding one hundred twenty girls in an abandoned factory and organizing arrangements to take care of these girls; bringing most of the girls to an American hospital that he frequently visited; his interrogation of Hitler’s chauffeur; and in 1946 marrying one of the girls who he had met during liberation.
    Kurt Klein
    Linda G. Kuzmack
    interview:  1990 October 11
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    1 videocassette (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Klein, Kurt, 1920-

    Administrative Notes

    Linda Kuzmack, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Kurt Klein on October 11, 1990.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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