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Oral history interview with Theodor Jakubowski and Katharina Jakubowski

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.38 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0038

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Theodor Jakubowski, born in 1924 in Dortmund Hörde, Germany, describes his childhood in Dortmund Hörde; the profession and political leanings of his father; joining the Hitler Youth against his father’s wishes; his apprenticeship as a toolmaker; his drafting into the marines in 1941 as a radio operator; seeing the father of his Jewish best friend laboring in the harbor in Latvia in a concentration camp uniform; his capture by the Red Army in 1945; laboring in several internment camps; returning home in 1949; and his life after the war.

Katharina Jakubowski, born in 1929 in Dortmund-Aplerbeck, Germany, describes her family background; the denunciation of her father in 1941 which led to his imprisonment and beating in Dortmund; her father’s sentence to jail in Werdohl, and then in the Esterwegen concentration camp; financial difficulties of her family; Reichspogromnacht; the brutalities of the Gestapo and the SS; the liberation of her father by the American Army; and her life after the war.

Katharina Jakubowski
Theodor Jakubowski
2004 July 12  (interview)
4 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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