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Oral history interview with Kurt Klein

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.35 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0035

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

Kurt Klein, born in 1920 in Walldorf, Germany, discusses witnessing the rise in Nazi propaganda; experiencing antisemitism; the Nazi’s use of radio to spread hateful message; the pro-Nazi films of Leni Riefenstahl; hearing Nazi hate songs; Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf”; seeing stormtroopers block Jewish homes, and warning townspeople to not buy from or interact with Jews; Jewish businesses being taken over by Aryans; realizing his schooling was over because his father could no longer afford tuition; the Nuremberg laws; his sister’s expulsion from nursing school, and her subsequent immigration to the United States; following his sister to the US one year later; the raid and pillage of his parents' home; his father’s arrest and release; the deportation of many men; the deportation of his parents after which they perished in Auschwitz; joining the US Army; being at Normandy; finding Jews on a death march in Volary, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic); meeting Gerda Weissman among the survivors and eventually marrying her; meeting Oskar Schindler; and his life after the war.

Interviewee
Kurt Klein
Date
1990 April 24  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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