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Oral history interview with Kurt Klein

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0106

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.

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Klein, Kurt
Kuzmack, Linda Gordon
interview:  1990 October 11
Oral histories.
1 videocassette (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:19:28
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