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Oral history interview with Karl Guttman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.914 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0914

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

The interview describes Mr. Guttman's childhood in Vienna, Austria, where he was raised as a Lutheran by two Jewish parents who had converted to Christianity. He discusses the Anschluss in Austria, the increasing antisemitism that he faced because of his parents' Jewish background, and his attempts to escape Austria; because he was Lutheran he was not able to appeal to Jewish agencies and was aided by a Swedish mission. Mr. Guttman describes his escape to London, England, where he was considered an enemy alien, and was deported to Australia on the British passenger ship Dunera. Mr. Guttman recounts his experiences in an internment camp in Australia for two years, his eventual release, and joining the Australian Army in 1942. He describes his return to civilian employment in 1943, his immigration to the United States in 1949, and his life in San Francisco.

Interviewee
Karl Guttman
Date
1991 May 23  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:27:13
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