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Oral history interview with Curt Jellin

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1993.A.0094.21 | RG Number: RG-50.150.0021

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    Oral history interview with Curt Jellin


    Interview Summary
    Curt Jellin, born October 22, 1908 in Herne, Germany, describes being one of six children; attending a Jewish school for two years, a Protestant school for another two years, and the Overreale schule; his father’s participation in WWI; living in Rahden, Germany for a time; the presence of French troops; the difficult conditions after the war; his father’s store; the election in 1932; living in Cologne, Germany; how life changed after Hitler came to power; antisemitism and being physically attacked at one point; the fate of his siblings during the war; moving to Munich, Germany; being on vacation during Kristallnacht and seeing the destruction in Munich upon his return; not returning home because he might be arrested and sent to Dachau; hiding with Gentile friends; experiencing antisemitism in Stuttgart, Germany; getting an affidavit from his sister in the United States; staying in the Netherlands and warning his friends there to leave; arriving in the US in 1939; living in Brooklyn, NY and getting a job in a factory; learning English; being drafted into the army and training at Camp Gordon in Georgia; being transferred to Army Intelligence at Camp Ritchie in Maryland; being sent on the Queen Elizabeth to Glasgow, Scotland in 1943; going to Clevedon, England for intelligence work; being trained in psychological warfare in broadcasting; going to Normandy, France in July 1944; going from Perrier, France to Verdun, France; going to Luxemburg and reporting to a British Navy Commander McLaughlin; being chosen to be a commentator and broadcaster; broadcasting every night between 12 A.M. and 6 A.M. to Germans; the editors and writers working with them; his knowledge of the camps; having to leave Luxembourg for a few days; being assigned to Bad Nauheim, Germany; helping to open Radio Frankfurt and having a program on Radio Frankfurt; the information they acquired; coping with the loss of some of his family members; returning to Cologne; interrogating German generals; feeling that he is more a part of the German Jewish community in the US; living in Washington Heights, NY; his wife, who was born in Hamburg, Germany and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark; and Americans versus Germans.
    Curt Jellin
    Rosalyn Manowitz

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Jellin, Curt, 1908-
    Corporate Name
    Queen Elizabeth (Ship)

    Administrative Notes

    The interview with Curt Jellin was conducted by Rosalyn Manowitz. Rosalyn Manowitz wrote an account of the experiences of survivors who were members of the Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation for distribution to its members. The interview was given to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on October 13, 1993.
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