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Oral history interview with Fred Kahn

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0353 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0038

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    Oral history interview with Fred Kahn


    Interview Summary
    Fred Kahn, born December 19, 1932 in Wiesbaden, Germany, describes being raised until he was six years old by an aunt (Rosa Nassauer) in Wehen, Germany; his older brother, Walter; his Christian friend, Walter Kaltwasser, who protected him from young Nazis; being raised religious by his aunt and uncle; his grandfather dying in 1938; being sent after the Munich Agreement to Aachen, Germany, where he crossed the border and joined his parents and brother in Verviers, Belgium; his father’s successful career as playing bridge; his aunt and uncle being sent to Łódź, Poland; starting school in Belgium; his parents and life in Verviers; going to Liege and Brussels in May 1940 with his family; returning to Verviers; Jews having to register; the small right-wing party, Rexiste, which collaborated with the Nazis; his father being interrogated; getting false identities with the last name Jejeune; being taught Catholic prayers; getting scarlet fever in the spring of 1942; leaving his school after getting in a fight; his principal helping him; going into hiding and the various ways he entertained himself; moving from village to village in 1943; getting a job in 1944, carrying milk; being liberated in September 1944 by the American Army; life when he was in hiding; his mother’s accused of being a German spy and arrested; the Battle of the Bulge; events he heard about involving the underground; factors that helped him survive; developing a sense of humor; and considering Verviers his hometown.
    Fred Kahn
    Margaret Garrett
    interview:  1996 September 17

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    3 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Kahn, Fred, 1932-

    Administrative Notes

    Margaret Garett, a volunteer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch conducted this interview on September 17, 1996 in Ft. Bethesda, MD. The interview was transferred to the Archives on September 17, 1996.
    Funding Note
    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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