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Oral history interview with Sol Kohn

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

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    Oral history interview with Sol Kohn


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Mr. Sol Kohn
    Navazelskis, Ina
    interview:  2013 August 20

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    Kohn, Sol.

    Administrative Notes

    Ina Navazelskis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Sol Kohn in New York, NY on August 20, 2013.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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