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Oral history interview with Kurt Schaefer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.26 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0026

Kurt Schaefer, born in 1926 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, describes his family and education; his family’s anti-Nazi orientation; a teacher requiring that he and his fellow students participate in the Reichsprogrom night (Kristallnacht); seeing Jews being marched through the Niederrad city borough on the way to labor; his membership and leadership roles in the Jungvolk of the Hitler Youth; his role as a helper at an anti-aircraft battery in 1943; being drafted into the armed forces in 1944; entering the navy at Kiel, Germany; being stationed in Denmark; his training as a radioman on the island of Sylt; his stationing in Istria for maintenance of radio contact on the Adriatic; hearing stories on the radio of the atrocities committed by German forces; being a prisoner of war until 1946; and his life after the war during which he has taught about the Third Reich to schoolchildren.

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Kurt Schaefer
interview:  2001 May 25
3 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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