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Oral history interview with Jurgen Boehlke

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.2 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0002

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Jurgen Boehlke, born in Dresden, Germany on April 10, 1923, describes his maternal grandparents, who lost their fortune in the 1920s and afterwards the family lived in Hosterwitz, Germany in very poor circumstances; his mother’s first marriage and her divorces after WWI; his father, Dr. Walter Boehlke, who was a professor of veterinary medicine; his early life in Danzig (Gdansk, Poland); his brother’s birth in 1927; his parents’ divorces in 1928 and returning to Hosterwitz; his mother joining the Nazi party in 1933 and working for the local Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse; attending school and being expelled in 1939; being drafted in the army as a reserve officer’s candidate (stationed in Dresden) in 1942; being assigned to a truck battalion in Kamenz, Germany; the deportation of his girlfriend to Theresienstadt; being sent in April 1943 to Grimma; being sent in August 1943 to Hamburg, where he and concentration camp inmates from Neuengamme removed corpses from the recent bombing; being ordered to Italy for deployment with the Turkistan infantry division; being in a hospital in South Tirol because of psoriasis from the winter of 1943 until April 1944; returning to the front; being shot in the head on July 7, 1944; being hospitalized until the war’s end (in Riva, Italy; an air force hospital in Villa D’este; and Bad Harzburg, Germany); being released to Bad Harzburg and becoming a carpenter’s helper; entering the KPD in 1945; having a workshop for bookbinding and graphic arts; going to Dresden; studying bookbinding; joining the SED; getting married; being an independent bookbinder and later a bookbinding instructor at the Weissensee School of Art in Berlin; and retiring in 1977.

Interviewee
Jurgen Boehlke
Date
1999 February 16  (interview)
Language
German
Extent
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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