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Oral history interview with Kurt Klein

Oral History | Accession Number: 1994.A.0447.15 | RG Number: RG-50.042.0015

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Kurt Klein discusses the political situation in Germany during the early 1930s and how Jews did not take the Nazi rise to power seriously; his thoughts on why the Nazi party gained power so easily; the persecutions suffered by Jews and the boycott against Jewish businesses in the early 1930s; his withdrawal from school and his apprenticeship in the printing business; his immigration to the United States in 1937; how he learned of Kristallnacht events through newspaper reports in the United States; his service with the Fifth US Infantry Division of the Third Army during World War II and his assistance to Jewish women abandoned by their German guards in a factory building in Volary, Czechoslovakia; his first meeting with his future wife, Gerda Weissmann Klein, in the factory and the development of their relationship after World War II; and his participation in the interrogation of Erich Kempka, a former chauffeur for Adolf Hitler.

Interviewee
Kurt Klein
Interviewer
Sandra Bradley
Date
1992 March 13  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 film reel : color ; 16 mm.
2 sound tape reels : analog, mono ; 7 in..
1 videocassette (D2) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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