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Oral history interview with Kurt Klein

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0106

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

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.

Interviewee
Kurt Klein
Interviewer
Linda G. Kuzmack
Date
1990 October 11  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocassette (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:00:22
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