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Oral history interview with Robert Kirck

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.704 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0704

The interview describes Mr. Kirck's childhood in Bruchsal, Germany, early experiences with antisemitism, his schooling and early career years. He recalls an incident in 1935 when, after dining with a client's daughter, he warned by an SS officer not to associate with German women, and discusses increasing persecution against Jews in Germany. Mr. Kirck describes his emigration in 1936, followed by his parents and sister in 1938, his early difficulties living in New York and finding employment, and traveling to Houston and New Orleans where jobs were more plentiful. He discusses being drafted into the United States Army in 1941, and serving in Pennsylvania and Seattle until his medical discharge in 1943. Mr. Kirck describes his experiences with antisemitism in the United States, and his return visits to Germany in the 1960s and then in 1985, having been invited by the municipality of Bruchsal.

Robert Kirck
Ellen Szakal
interview:  1991 August 29
1 videocassette (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: 2020-03-26 09:36:23
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