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Oral history interview with Rolf Hoffmann

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.5 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0005

Rolf Hoffman, born in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany in 1923, discusses his family life; his working class upbringing; his extended family’s political identification with both the extreme right and extreme left; his education; avoiding joining the Hitler Youth; being recruited for compulsory work service (RAD 2) in 1941-1942; being recruited to the military in April 1942; joining the military band; fighting on the eastern front in East Prussia in 1944; capitulation; crossing back into Germany from Russian territory; being demobilized by the American Army; joining the Social Democrat Party (SPD) after the war; becoming more assigned with the political left; his career as a policeman; working to control the black market; being promoted to chief of police in Halle; spending two years in Zanzibar; his marriage and children; beginning his civil career in a regional parliament; his knowledge of concentration camps during the war; and his feelings about the post-war government in the GDR.

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Rolf Hoffmann
Roswitha Breckner
interview:  1999 March 26
5 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:36
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