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Oral history interview with Gary Keins

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.701 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0701

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

The interviews describe Dr. Keins's childhood in Koenigshuette, Germany (now Chorzow, Poland) and his university life in Vienna, Austria. Dr. Keins discusses his career as a banker in Warsaw in 1936, his decision not to flee Poland after the invasion by Nazi Germany, the resultant years of hiding to avoid capture, and the many narrow escapes he encountered. He describes the various subterfuges and identities he was able to assume, his attempts to help other Jews, his enlistment in the Polish Army to avoid suspicion, and his participation in the Polish uprising of Warsaw in 1944. Dr. Keins discusses his and his wife's preparations to leave Poland and Germany for the United States after the war, and their successful emigration in 1949.

Interviewee
Gary A. Keins
Date
1989 November 14  (interview)
1989 December 13  (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 11:22:39
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