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Oral history interview with Kenneth Adler

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

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    Oral history interview with Kenneth Adler


    Interview Summary
    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 CBC in Ottawa; working for USIA until 1987; meeting his wife in 1942 at a Jewish refugee club at the YWHA; his three children; visiting Karlsruhe in October 1988 for a reunion; and his fears of being rejected.
    Kenneth Adler
    Gail Schwartz
    interview:  1989 January 09

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    3 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    The interview with Kenneth Adler was conducted on January 9, 1989 as part of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington's oral history project to document Washington, D.C. area survivor's experiences of the Holocaust. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the interview on May 26, 1993.
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