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Oral history interview with Fedor Kuritzkes

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.435.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0865

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Fedor Kuritzkes, born May 7, 1929 in Chemnitz, Germany, describes his parents (Gita Heller and David Kuritzkes) and his older brother (Alexander Mark); his father’s medical practice, which was in three of their apartment’s rooms; attending the Carlbach Jewish School, where he was known to misbehave; visiting his maternal grandparents, the Hellers (who later perished), in Vilna (Vilnius, Lithuania) when he was six or eight years old; hearing Hitler’s statements about Jews on the radio; how life changed for Jews beginning in 1937; the events of Kristallnacht and the deportation of his father to Buchenwald concentration camp on November 10, 1938; the release of his father four weeks later when the family received visas to the United States; taking a train March 17, 1939 from Leipzig to Holland and boarding a boat to England and then traveling on the SS Scythia to New York, NY; living with his uncle in Middletown, CT where he attended elementary school while his father passed the medical board exam and opened a practice in Brooklyn; developing a fear of fire engines and overcoming it eventually; moving into the family apartment and taking the subway to Stuyvesant High School, where his four children later attended; graduating from NYU and attending medical school in Switzerland, where he met his future wife Dorothea, who was also a family friend from Chemnitz; his visit to Chemnitz decades after they emigrated; and his thoughts on how his life turned out.

Interviewee
Mr. Fedor Kuritzkes
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
2015 December 20  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
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