Oral History Interview with Kurt Kupferberg

Kurt Kupferberg, born in September 1907 in Berlin, Germany, describes his observant, middle-class family, who were originally from Galicia; how after World War I his family’s citizenship was changed to Polish; being part of the mass deportation to Zbaszyn, Poland in 1938; how a Nazi policeman had warned them to leave Germany earlier; his return to Germany in 1939; his deportation to and experiences in Sachsenhausen in 1939, Dachau in 1940, and Buchenwald in 1941; the selections and medical experimentation performed on him in Buchenwald; suffering from typhus following an injection; how as Allies approached Buchenwald, non-Jewish political prisoners sheltered Jews from the S.S.; liberation from Buchenwald; marrying a survivor in Berlin in 1946; and immigrating with his wife and baby to the United States in 1947.

Date: 07/24/1981
Interviewer: Josey G. Fisher
Interviewee: Kurt Kupferberg
Language: English
Subject: Concentration camp inmates--Medical care.
Concentration camp inmates--Selection process.
Holocaust survivors--Marriage.
Human experimentation in medicine--Poland.
Jews, Polish--Germany.
Political prisoners.
Typhus fever.
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Liberation.
World War, 1939-1945--Deportations from Germany.
Men--Personal narratives.
Location: Berlin, Germany
Zbąszyń, Poland
Sachsenhausen concentration camp
Dachau concentration camp
Buchenwald concentration camp
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