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Oral history interview with Sol Kohn

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.347.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0735

Sol Kohn, born September 9, 1917 in the village Lülsfeld in Bavaria, Germany, discusses the 10 Jewish families in Lülsfeld; their family store and warehouse; his one brother and one sister; their extended family in the area; being Orthodox; having a maid and chauffeur but not considering his family wealthy; being friendly with non-Jews; the synagogue in their town; attending high school in a neighboring town; the emergence of Hitler in 1933 and the rise in antisemitism; the anti-Jewish laws; leaving school and working for an uncle; going to Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he worked in a relative’s bicycle store; only being in Holland for a year because he was not able to get permanent residency; immigrating to the United States in 1938; living in New York and working for the department store S. Klein; his brother leaving Germany for Holland and eventually Sweden; the death of his sister and parents and extended family during the Holocaust; moving to Portland, Oregon and working in a large clothing firm; becoming a manager of the shipping department; being drafted in 1942 and serving in the 28th Infantry Division; being trained to be one of the Ritchie Boys; receiving special intelligence training; working as an interrogator for German soldiers and citizens; going to Europe; going through France and Germany; working under Major Stanton; being granted US citizenship while he was in the army; returning to New York after the war; getting married; and his daughter Harriet.


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Interviewee
Mr. Sol Kohn
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
interview:  2013 August 20
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.