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Oral history interview with Kurt Thomas

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0233

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

Kurt Thomas, born in 1914 in Brno, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), describes his father’s participation in the Austrian Army during World War I; moving to Boskovice, Czechoslovakia as a child; working in clothes manufacturing until 1936 when he joined the army; being discharged from the army in February 1939 prior to the German takeover; his deportation to Theresienstadt in March 1942 with his parents and sister; his transport in April 1942 to the Piaski ghetto, where he worked on a farm outside of the ghetto; his family’s deportation from the ghetto to Sobibór, where they died; his deportation to Trawniki in November 1942 and from there to Sobibór; working as a medic in the camp infirmary from November 1942 to October 1943; escaping during the Sobibór uprising on October 14, 1943; returning to Piaski, where he hid on the farm at which he had previously worked, and remaining there until his liberation; and immigrating to the United States in February 1948.

Interviewee
Kurt M. Thomas
Interviewer
Linda G. Kuzmack
Date
1990 November 09  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 videocasettes (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 11:10:18
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