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Oral history interview with Edgar Krämer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.7 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0007

Edgar Krämer, born in Berlin-Schoneberg, Germany in 1927, discusses his father’s membership in the Nazi Party starting in 1931; moving throughout Germany for his father’s work in lumber factories; settling in Königsberg; witnessing Kristallnacht; entering an elite Nazi boarding school known as NAPOLA; meeting gauleiter Eric Koch at school; working as an anti-aircraft assistant in 1943 in Danzig; being forced to quit NAPOLA in 1944 as a result of bad behavior; his father's membership in the Volksturm militia at the end of the war; moving into a Jewish owned apartment after his family’s home was destroyed by bombing; beginning his compulsory work service (RAD); joining the military in January 1945; participating in the last fight for Berlin; Germany's capitulation; being discharged by the British Army; his university studies; his feelings about anti-Jewish violence and Nazi efforts to indoctrinate people; and his feelings about immigration in contemporary Germany.

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Edgar Kramer
Roswitha Breckner
interview:  1999 March 03
4 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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