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Oral history interview with Charles Adler

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

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.

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Adler, Charles
interview:  1991 August 19
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:43:54
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