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Oral history interview with Wolf Kahn

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.82.4 | RG Number: RG-50.926.0004

Wolf Kahn, born in Stuttgart, Germany, discusses his father, who was the conductor of the Stuttgart Philharmonic; his mother, who left their family when he was a toddler; his father’s new wife; his unpleasant relationship with his stepmother; living with his paternal grandmother in Frankfurt, Germany; his stepmother’s support of the Nazis; learning English from a family retainer from England; being encouraged to draw; living at the entrance of the Botanical Gardens in Frankfurt; being 11 years old when the war began; going on a Kindertransport to England; living in Cambridge and staying with a family who mistreated him; living with another family, the Purvises, who put him in school; making friends with the English children; going to New York, NY when the Blitzkrieg began; the journey on the “Volendam”; reuniting with his father; attending the High School of Music & Art in New York; joining the Navy and passing the Eddy test; getting out of the Navy and attending The New School in New York; studying with Stuart Davis; transferring and joining his brother at The Hofmann School; his interactions with Hans Hofmann and becoming his studio assistant; attending the University of Chicago and graduating after eight months; receiving a scholarship to go to School of Humanities; deciding to go to work in the woods; returning to New York and helping to found the Hansa Gallery; his first show; influences on his art; living in Venice, Italy and how it changed his style; living in Deer Isle, Maine for a summer and its influences on his work; and his thoughts with regards to painting landscapes.

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Wolf Kahn
interview:  2012 February 24
creation: New York (N.Y.)
4 digital files : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Story Preservation Initiative
Record last modified: 2021-03-09 16:23:29
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