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Oral history interview with Edward Adler

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

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    Oral history interview with Edward Adler


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Edward Adler
    Sandra Bradley
    interview:  1992 February 27

    Physical Details

    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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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Adler, Edward.

    Administrative Notes

    Sandra Bradley, a film production consultant for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, conducted the interview with Edward Adler on February 27, 1992, in Tamarac, Florida, in preparation for the making of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum exhibition film, "Testimony." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch received the films and tapes of the interview in August 1994. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the films and tapes of the interview via transfer from the Oral History branch in February 1995.
    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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