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Oral history interview with Werner Katzenstein

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2001.208 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0145

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    Oral history interview with Werner Katzenstein


    Interview Summary
    Werner Katzenstein, born in Wallensen, Germany on April 29, 1922, describes his childhood; having to leave school in 1933 after Hitler came to power in 1933; his father going to prison because he was Jewish but getting released after about a week; his father being forced to close down his business; buying property in Holland and immigrating there in 1937; immigrating to the United States in 1939 and settling in Somerville, New Jersey; being considered an enemy alien; registering for the draft and being called to service in March 1944; being sent for basic training to Camp Blanding in Florida; being classified for intelligence and reconnaissance work; joining the 100th Infantry Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina; his deployment to Europe; going through southern France and the Vosges Mountains; and getting wounded in combat; returning to his platoon in January 1945 and going through Germany; being in combat in Heidelberg; working for the military government; visiting family who had been in Theresienstadt; returning for New Jersey on April 30,1946; and getting married and settling in Washington, D.C.
    Mr. Werner Katzenstein
    Esther Finder
    interview:  2001 October 17

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    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch conducted the interview with Werner Katzenstein on October 17, 2001. The interview was transferred to the Archives Branch in February, 2001.
    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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