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Oral history interview with Alfred Cotton

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.169 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0169

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    Oral history interview with Alfred Cotton


    Interview Summary
    Alfred Cotton (né Baumwollspinner), born on December 29, 1925 in Hamburg, Germany, discusses his childhood in Hamburg; his Polish parents; his father’s wholesale wine distribution business; his memories of the antisemitism after the Nazis rose to power; his parents' selling their business because of the anti-Jewish boycotts; the expulsion of his father to Poland in 1938; the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938; the arrests of the teachers at the Jewish school he attended; his parents' decision to place him on a Kindertransport; leaving Germany for a boy's camp in Suffolk, England; the arrest and internment of all boys over age 16; being moved to Sheffield, England and living in a camp run by refugee women; attending a public school; learning that his parents and grandparents were deported in 1942 from Poland where they were living; his immigration to the United States in the early 1950s; and his involvement in Kindertransport reunions.
    Alfred Cotton
    Peter Ryan
    interview:  1999 October 20
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Cotton, Alfred.

    Administrative Notes

    The Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project conducted the interview with Alfred Cotton on October 20, 1999. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from theBay Area Holocaust Oral History Project in December 2000.
    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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