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Oral history interview with Kurt Thomas

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0155 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0048

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    Oral history interview with Kurt Thomas


    Interview Summary
    Kurt Thomas discusses growing up in Boskovice, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic); helping sick prisoners in Sobibór; the death of his sister and parents at Sobibór; life after his escape from Sobibór; his life in hiding on a farm with a Christian family; joining the Czech Legion in Romania in 1944; his views on the foundation of antisemitism; the Christian church; the post-war Czechoslovakian government; his views on religion; going back to Boskovice; immigrating to the United States on the ship, Queen Mary; daily life in Pennsylvania; becoming an American citizen; meeting his first wife and getting married; his feelings about testifying against the SS guard Karl Auguste Frenzel Rosen in Frankfurt, Germany; receiving correspondence from the family that hid him during the war; his feelings about Germany and contemporary German citizens; his views on Holocaust literature; reuniting with the other Sobibór survivors; the death of his first wife; meeting his second wife and getting remarried; and his decision to never have children.
    Kurt M. Thomas
    Arwen Donahue
    interview:  1999 June 23-1999 June 24
    interview:  1999 June 23
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    5 sound cassettes (60 min.).

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Interview may not be used for commercial purposes without consent from Kurt Thomas or his estate.

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    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch conducted the interview with Kurt Thomas on June 23 and 24, 1999.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    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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