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Oral history interview with Edward Adler

Oral History | Accession Number: 1994.A.0447.3 | RG Number: RG-50.042.0003

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

Edward Adler, born in 1910, discusses his memories of the early days of the Nazi Party in Germany in the 1930s and his involvement in anti-Nazi activities in Hamburg, Germany; his memories of anti-Jewish boycotts; his memories of joining a military training camp and one experience when he was assigned to a guard detail for Adolf Hitler; his discharge from the military camp when it was discovered that he was Jewish; his arrest by the Gestapo for having a relationship with a Gentile girl; his imprisonment in Oranienburg concentration camp from June 1938 and his release from the camp the following September; his memories of Kristallnacht in Hamburg, Germany in 1938; his flight to the Netherlands with his family shortly after Kristallnacht and their subsequent immigration to the United States; his reflections on how Jews were unable to "fight back" and defend themselves against the Nazis; his memories of antisemitism in Germany in the 1930s; his recollections of the fate of his parents during the Holocaust and how his mother died in Treblinka concentration camp; and his memories of a visit to Hamburg, Germany in 1982 and the emotions he experienced during his stay there.

Interviewee
Edward Adler
Interviewer
Sandra Bradley
Date
1992 February 27  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 film reels : color ; 16 mm.
3 sound tape reels : analog, mono ; 7 in..
1 videocassette (D2) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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