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Oral history interview with Alexander Kuechel

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.250.1 | RG Number: RG-50.882.0001

Alexander Kuechel, born in 1924 in Berlin, Germany, describes witnessing Hitler’s rise to power including the boycott of Jewish businesses, the Berlin Olympics, and Kristallnacht; his father being arrested in 1938 and kicked out of Germany into Poland; being a member of a Zionist youth group and having a certificate to go to Palestine before the war began; giving up his certificate to someone who had been arrested during Kristallnacht and sent to a concentration camp with the promise for either another certificate in the future or a spot on a children’s transport to England; being kicked out of Germany in 1939 with his mother and reuniting with his father; being stuck in Poland when his papers for the Kindertransport came through; being sent to a forced labor camp in 1941 and then sent to the concentration camp Blechammer in 1942; surviving seven camps; and being liberated in May 1945 by Soviet troops, who ignored the prisoners as they were on their way to Berlin.


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Interviewee
Mr. Alexander Kuechel
Interviewer
Esther Finder
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Toporek Finder
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:39:27
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