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Oral history interview with Alexander Kuechel

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

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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.

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
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:38:08
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