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Oral history interview with Richard Rechen

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1284.16 | RG Number: RG-50.147.0016

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Richard Rechen describes his work as Oskar Schindler's car mechanic at Emalia in 1944 and his surprise at the working conditions; Brinnlitz’s non-productivity; hearing news of D-Day on the car radio; sharing Schindler's love of cars; more details on hearing about the D-Day news; relaying Churchill's victory broadcast over loudspeaker at Brinnlitz; preparations for Schindler's departure and volunteering to go with him; the journey with Schindler: an encounter with Soviet troops, Schindler losing diamonds when the car was looted, an encounter with US troops, and Schindler posing as a concentration camp inmate; his attitude towards Schindler; his reaction to Schindler's death in 1974 and the transfer of Schindler's body to Israel; his views of Schindler’s motives for being a Nazi; and his closeness to Schindler.

Interviewee
Richard Rechen
Date
1983 May 19  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Documentary films.
Extent
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:44:10
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