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Oral history interview with Helmut Kübler

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.10 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0010

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Helmut Kübler, born in Göppingen, Germany in 1906, discusses growing up in a Protestant family; his father's expierences in World War I; moving to Stuttgart in 1922; studying engineering; joining a Protestant fraternity known as "Wingolf"; meeting his wife; finishing his doctorate in civil air traffic in 1932; having a difficult time finding employment; delaying his marriage as a result of financial hardship; accepting Hitler's government because of improvments he saw in Germany; moving to Berlin to work at the Ministry of Aviation in 1933; being recruited for the military in the engineering corps in 1936; joining the general staff of the air force in 1938; living away from his family; being posted to the front in Saloniki, Greece; visting the concentration camps Mittlebrau-Dora and Nordhausen in 1943 and 1944; believing the prisoners to be well cared for; being called to the front in 1945; his capture by American soldiers; his discharge from the military; the penatlies imposed on him during Denazification; his postwar career at Statistical/Regional Council of Stuttgart, the German Federation Ministry of Traffic, and Lufthansa; training for the military reserves in 1956; retiring in 1969; and the death of his son in 1990.

Interviewee
Helmut Kubler
Date
1999 September 15  (interview)
Language
German
Extent
5 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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