Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project

Interviewee

Kurt Marburg

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Interviewer

Lockler, Tori Chambers

Publisher

University of South Florida Libraries

Date

2010-11-04

Publication Date

2-15-2011

Abstract

Oral history interview with Holocaust survivor and World War II veteran Kurt Marburg. Marburg was born in Berlin in 1924 and has clear memories of the rise of the Third Reich, including the Nazi takeover, the burning of the Reichstag, the 1933 book burnings, and the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The increase in anti-Semitism led to the family's decision to immigrate to the United States, where they arrived in November 1938, five days before Kristallnacht. Marburg attended school in New York and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 when he graduated. He was a rifleman in the 99th Infantry Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Due to severely frostbitten feet, he was evacuated to England; after recovering, he was a military policeman in France and stayed during the occupation. After his discharge he was a civilian contractor at the Post Exchange in Munich, where he met his wife. After retiring, the Marburgs moved to Florida, where he met another Holocaust survivor and they began giving talks at schools in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, the first Holocaust education program in that area. In this interview, Marburg also reads a letter he wrote in commemoration of Kristallnacht.

Keywords

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Study and teaching--Florida, Antisemitism--History--Germany--20th century, Kristallnacht, 1938, World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American, World War, 1939-1945--Veterans--United States, Holocaust survivors--Florida, Holocaust survivors--Interviews, Veterans--United States--Interviews, Jewish veterans--United States--Interviews, Genocide, Crimes against humanity

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Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Study and teaching--Florida; Antisemitism--History--Germany--20th century; Kristallnacht, 1938; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans--United States; Holocaust survivors--Florida; Holocaust survivors--Interviews; Veterans--United States--Interviews; Jewish veterans--United States--Interviews; Genocide; Crimes against humanity

Language

English

Type

Sound

Genre

Oral histories; Online audio

Format

audio/mp3

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Holocaust survivors oral history project

Identifier

F60-00048

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