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Oral history interview with Kenneth Adler

Oral History | Accession Number: 1993.A.0095.1 | RG Number: RG-50.163.0001

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Kenneth Adler (né Kurt Paul Adler), born on September 20, 1922 in Karlsruhe, Germany, describes his parents; his father, who was a physician, and his mother, who was a lab assistant; the non-fraternization decree in 1934; experiencing antisemitism; belonging to a Zionist youth group; his parents applying for visas to the US in 1936; going to Trent College in Derbyshire, England, where he was the only Jewish student; the attempts made to convert him to Christianity; his older sister living in London, England; his parents and sister immigrating to the US in December 1938; living in New York, NY; attending City College at night; attending school at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN for a year and feeling like an outsider; joining the US Army in 1943 and changing his first name to Kenneth; being a radio operator in France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany; working for the military government from 1945 to 1946; experiencing antisemitism; earning a degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago; teaching; working for the BBC in Ottawa; working for USIA until 1987; meeting his wife in 1942 at a Jewish refugee club at the YMHA; his three children; visiting Karlsruhe in October 1988 for a reunion; and his fears of being rejected.

Interviewee
Kenneth Adler
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
1989 January 09  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
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