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Oral history interview with Ken Colvin

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.309 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0309

Ken Colvin (né Cohn), born in 1924 in San Francisco, CA, describes his experiences with antisemitism; deciding to change his name from Cohn to Colvin; his older brother's experiences with antisemitism in the army; joining the army in 1943; going to Europe in 1945; being assigned to the 3rd Army, 515th Medical Clearing Company to set up emergency medical treatment in liberated camps; attending to the former camp prisoners; entering eight camps, including Ebensee, Hemar, Oberhausen, Altmunster, Hohenfels, and Ranshofen; feeling that he bore witness to the horror that was done; the terrible scenes he saw which stay with him; trying to treat disease; and writing a book about his experiences for his grandchildren.


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Interviewee
Kenneth J. Colvin
Interviewer
Gene Ayers
Date
interview:  1990 July 11
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:33:44
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