Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with B. Gottfried

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:08 - Life in the ghettos

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Partial Transcript: -----?? and a, and a little picture of my, myself at 13. Uh, when the war broke out, he got on a bike with some friends of his, uh, they pedaled east, east of Poland.

Segment Synopsis: B. Gottfried talks about the life he lived before the outbreak of World War II, and how his friends and family experienced the outbreak of the war and the Holocaust.

Keywords: Father and child; Identification; Manufacturing industries; Memories; Photographs; Photography; Stuttgart (Germany)

Subjects: Concentration camps.; Family.; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Poland.:Russia.; World War, 1939-1945.

00:06:00 - United States Army / life in Germany

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Partial Transcript: And I was stationed in Fort Benning, Georgia and eventually I wound up as a photography with the Signal Corps.

Segment Synopsis: Gottfried talks about his time in the US military with the Signal Corps and some particularly memorable photographs he took.

Keywords: Apartments; Magazines; Soldiers; Stories

Subjects: Anecdotes.; Bradley, Omar Nelson, 1893-1981.; Fort Benning (Ga.); Germany. Geheime Staatspolizei.; Military service, Voluntary.; Military service--United States--1940-1950.; Photographs.; Photography.; Vienna

00:14:10 - Post war anecdotes

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Partial Transcript: Now let me tell you something, when the war broke out--well, after the war was, uh, over, I'm, I'm sorry, after the war was over Borenstein and his wife were in Sweden.

Segment Synopsis: Gottfried tells the story of some of his friends, the Borensteins, and their life after World War II. He also tells some anecdotes of his own life and his interactions with other Jews after the war.

Keywords: Disease; Family; Germany. Geheime Staatspolizei.; Hospitals; Illness; Officers and soldiers; Refugees; Risk; Sweden; Translators

Subjects: Anecdotes.; Canada.; Hiding places.; Stories.

00:21:08 - Life in the concentration camps

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Partial Transcript: In your book though you implied that if he didn't do it, he would have been--I mean it's like, you know I--if I don't follow orders--

Segment Synopsis: Gottfried talks about a particular Gestapo officer who stood out to him as being particularly kind to him and his friends.

Keywords: Anxiety; Death; Deportation; Emotions; Identification; Panic; Photographs; Photography

Subjects: Concentration camps.; Ethics.; Germany. Geheime Staatspolizei.; Jewish ghettos.; Work.

00:30:19 - Escape attempt from the ghetto

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Partial Transcript: When we were walking back to the ghetto we had to walk in the middle of the street, we were not allowed, Jews were not allowed to walk on the sidewalk.

Segment Synopsis: Gottfried talks about the aftermath of his escape attempt from the ghetto.

Keywords: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei. Schutzstaffel.

Subjects: Germany. Geheime Staatspolizei.; Jewish ghettos.; Police.

00:31:51 - [AUDIO IN THIS SEGMENT IS UNINTELLIGIBLE] 00:50:01 - Work in a machine shop

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Partial Transcript: And then you start off the next phase, which was getting on the train and going to work.

Segment Synopsis: Gottfried tells about his working in the concentration camps and working on a planer in a machine shop building war materials.

Keywords: Austria; Charity; Food; Ice; Imports; Kindness; Language; Machines; Prisoners of war; Russians; Sprains; Steel

Subjects: Communication.; Fellowship.; Lathes.; Machine shops--Equipment and supplies.; Machine shops--Job descriptions; Machine shops--Management.; Machine shops.; Planer saws; Work.

00:56:43 - Feeding the camp workers

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Partial Transcript: And he finally realized it and eventually this situation ca, came up when Messerschmitt people, when the Messerschmitt people realized that if they are not going to do something to help these--to feed these people they won't have anybody left to, to work.

Segment Synopsis: Gottfried talks about managing food in the concentration camp, and working at the Messerschmitt manufacturing plant.

Keywords: Administration; Austria; Black market; Bread; Germany; Messerschmitt airplanes; Operational rations (Military supplies); Organization

Subjects: Anecdotes.; Barracks.; Concentration camps.; Food.; Hunger.; Manufacturing industries.; Stories.