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Oral history interview with Vagner Kristensen

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.40 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0040

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Vagner Kristensen, born 1927 on Fyn Isle, Denmark, describes his family; joining a Danish right wing youth organization in 1937; volunteering for the Waffen SS in 1943; traveling with his Danish unit to Hamburg; fighting in France; being wounded; fighting on the Eastern Front; withdrawing from the Eastern Front to Germany; suppressing the Warsaw ghetto uprising; the initial Danish support for German policy, which shifted during occupation; going into hiding at the end of the war in Germany; his sentencing in Denmark in 1945 for treason; his parents cutting off their relations from him because of his support of Germany; his time in prison from 1945 to 1947; joining an illegal group called Stille Hilfe, which helped condemned Nazi war criminals leave Germany and go to Argentina; his life after the war, during which he founded right-wing organizations; and an Israeli radio station that revealed his pro-Nazi work.

Interviewee
Vagner Kristensen
Date
2004 May 26  (interview)
Language
German
Extent
3 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:50:12
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