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Oral history interview with Alfred Amkraut

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.657 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0657

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Alfred Amkraut was born on September 21, 1926 in Saarbruecken (Saarbrücken), Germany. Alfred was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home near the town’s synagogue. Alfred attended elementary school in Saarbruecken before moving to Frankfurt at the age of nine to live with his aunt and uncle and to continue his education at the main Jewish school. A few weeks prior to Kristallnacht, Alfred and his relatives, along with other Polish nationals living in Germany, were transported to the German-Polish border by the SS. They eventually returned to Germany, whereupon Alfred’s uncles and father were taken to Buchenwald. After the events of Kristallnacht, Alfred’s family applied for visas to Central and South America, and the family left for South America in July 1939. Though there was a tight-knit Jewish community in La Paz, Alfred still felt ostracized while living in Bolivia and never experienced a sense of freedom until he came to the United States

Interviewee
Alfred Amkraut
Date
1993 March 18  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:21:41
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