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Oral history interview with Fritz Gluckstein

Oral History | Accession Number: 1993.A.0095.24 | RG Number: RG-50.163.0024

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Fritz Gluckstein, born January 24, 1927 in Berlin, Germany, describes being the son of a Jewish father (Georg) and a Christian mother (Hedwig); his father serving as a district judge and his dismissal after the rise of the Nazis; his father’s work for the Jewish community, working as a legal advisor; being considered a protected Mischlinge; his family surviving WWII in Berlin, owing in part to his mother’s sister (Elfriede Dressler), who helped look after Fritz and provided the family with extra food; being forced to move to the neighborhood around the Oranienburgerstrasse synagogue; the bombing of their apartment; seeking shelter in the Jewish hospital; working on a demolition and clean-up crew; being assigned to work at Eichmann’s Gestapo headquarters along with other Mischlinge; being supervised by Lieutenant Ernst Henning von Hardenberg, who was sympathetic; being conscripted with his father in the fall of 1944 into a labor battalion; demolishing partly-destroyed buildings and clearing rubble; building defensive barriers around the city to slow the Soviet advance; remaining in Berlin after liberation; immigrating alone to the United States; and studying veterinary medicine.

Interviewee
Dr. Fritz P. Gluckstein
Date
1988 January 10  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
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