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Oral history interview with Gary Keins

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

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.

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Gary A. Keins
Constance Bernstein
interview:  1989 November 14
interview:  1989 December 13
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-08-03 11:26:27
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