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Oral history interview with Max Rehbein

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.50 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0050

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Max Rehbein, born in 1918 in Cologne, Germany, describes his family and education; his parents’ many Jewish friends; the political leanings of his parents; joining the Hitler Youth in 1933; joining the air arm of the Hitler Youth in 1936; enlisting in the Reich Labor Front in 1938 in Bavaria, Germany; volunteering for the Wehrmacht; his training as an army engineer; taking part in fighting in France in 1940; participating in exercises in the north of France in connection with Operation Seeloewe; his transfer to the Eastern Front in 1941; his assignment in 1942 as an instructor at the Engineering School in Dessau, Germany; losing some of his enthusiasm for the Nazi party upon learning about concentration camps and the disappearance of his Jewish friends; his promotion to captain; returning to the Eastern Front in 1943; participating in the retreat to Koenigsberg, including being wounded and receiving decorations; his transfer between military hospitals in 1945; becoming a prisoner of war by British forces; his release and return to Berlin; and his life after the war, including his work and marriage.

Interviewee
Max Rehbein
Date
2004 April 20  (interview)
Language
German
Extent
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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