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Oral history interview with Charles Adler

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.346.1 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0001

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    Oral history interview with Charles Adler


    Interview Summary
    Charles K. Adler, born in Lorraine, France, discusses growing up in an observant German-Prussian family; his four brothers; his father, who was part of the underground and committed suicide in 1929; the presence of antisemitism; attending a Jewish school and then a public school; apprenticing in a store in Frankfurt, Germany; transferring to the Munich store in 1933; the closing of the store because of the Nuremberg laws; living in Stuttgart, Germany during Kristallnacht in November 1938; the burning of the synagogue; being arrested with two of his co-workers; being sent to Dachau concentration camp for four months; conditions in the camp and his experiences there; experiencing kindness from an SS guard who treated his facial abscess; a rabbi in the camp who boosted morale and died after refusing to eat non-kosher; being released; fleeing to Amsterdam, Netherlands on June 15, 1940; going to Chicago, IL; one of his brothers fleeing to Africa, while another fled to Portugal; his youngest brother being taken by the Nazis; his oldest brother joining Charles in the United States; his struggle to find work in the US; working in a photography store for 40 years; and visiting Lorraine in 1963.
    Charles Adler
    interview:  1991 August 19
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Adler, Charles.

    Administrative Notes

    The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (now Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) conducted the interview with Charles Adler on August 19, 1991. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch received the tape of the interview from the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois on October 16, 1992.
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