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0:30 Early Life
5:15 The Anschluss
8:45 Kristallnacht
10:27 Raids
11:41 Part of the Family Emigrates
12:59 Kindertransport
17:33 Life in America
22:31 Final Thoughts

Kurt Herman was born in October 1929 in Vienna, Austria. He went to school across the street from his house with Jews and non-Jews and frequently played with his friends after school. After Germany’s annexation of Austria in March 1938, Kurt’s non-Jewish school friends began calling him names and wearing swastikas.
The Nazis seized his family’s fabric business and his father was in constant danger of being arrested during random house raids by Stormtroopers. After Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, on November 9-10, 1938, Kurt’s family tried to flee Austria.
When Kurt was ten, his mother answered a newspaper ad looking for children to immigrate to America. A nurse and pediatrician interviewed and tested Kurt for his health, intelligence, and his ability to be separated from his parents. In May 1939, Kurt was selected, along with 49 other children, aged 5-14, to immigrate to Philadelphia.
Kurt set sail on the USS President Harding, arriving in New York Harbor on June 3, 1939. He was first assigned to a children’s summer camp and then placed with a foster family in Allentown, PA. Within two years, Kurt was reunited with his parents. His grandparents, however, had been killed in Auschwitz.
Kurt felt a great responsibility to act in ways that pay respect to the memory of his family. Herman has three daughters and eight grandchildren. He was a retired financial officer and a frequent speaker to school groups and others about his experiences during the Holocaust. In Blessed Memory 1929-2015.

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Kurt's birth certificate

Kurt’s birth cert.

Kurt as a young boy

Kurt as a young boy

Kurt, 1937

Kurt, 1937

Kurt's Report Card, May 1939

Report card, May 1939

Uncle Josel's passport

Uncle Josel’s passport

Heinrich's passport

Heinrich’s passport

Heinrich in France

Heinrich in France

Gilbert Kraus

Gilbert Kraus

Eleanor Kraus

Eleanor Kraus

Kurt's passport

Kurt’s passport

Post Card Home (1)

Post Card Home (1)

Post Card Home (2)

Post Card Home (2)

USS President Harding Brochure

Harding Brochure

Breakfast Menu

Breakfast Menu

The 50 Children

The 50 Children

Life Saving Drill

Life Saving Drill

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Rose Leonard

Rose Leonard

Rose Leonard's mansion

Rose’s mansion

Kurt's family reunited March 1, 1944

Family, March 1, 1944

Kurt and Rosayln’s wedding, 1953

Wedding, 1953

Kurt's family today

Kurt’s family today

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