Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Kenneth Joseph Colvin oral history interview OHP.2281
OHP.2281  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (52.81 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
 
Table of contents What's This?
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Existence and Location of Copies note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Related Archival Materials note

  • Title: Kenneth Joseph Colvin oral history interview
    Identifier/Call Number: OHP.2281
    Contributing Institution: Tauber Holocaust Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.2 Linear feet comprising one videotape and accompanying transcript of 53 pages
    Date: 1990 July 11
    Abstract: This collection comprises one videotape with accompanying transcript of an oral history interview with Kenneth Joseph Colvin conducted by the Holocaust Oral History Project on July 11, 1990.
    Creator: Colvin, Kenneth Joseph
    Creator: Ayres, Gene
    Creator: Eismann, Katherine

    Biographical/Historical note

    Kenneth Joseph Colvin was born in San Francisco in 1924. As a result of his experiences with anti-Semitism, Mr. Colvin changed his last name from Cohn to Colvin. Drafted into the United States Army in 1943, Mr. Colvin served with the 3rd Army, 515th Medical Clearing Company, where he worked in emergency medical treatment centers with ex-concentration camp prisoners. Mr. Colvin was part of the liberation forces for 8 camps in Germany and Austria.
    He has written a book about his experiences for his grandchildren.

    Scope and Contents note

    This collection comprises one videotape with accompanying transcript of an oral history interview with Kenneth Joseph Colvin. The interview was conducted by Gene Ayers on behalf of the Holocaust Oral History Project on July 11, 1990. Mr. Colvin was a liberator of concentration camps.
    The interview describes Mr. Colvin's childhood and life in San Francisco, his experience with anti-Semitism, his service in the Army, where he was assigned to 3rd Army, 515th Medical Clearing Company. He describes his experiences in labor, displaced persons and concentration camps, including Hemar, Oberhausen, and Hohenfels in Germany and Ebensee, Altmunster, and Ranshofen in Austria, and discusses the emotional impact of the terrible conditions he witnessed.

    Existence and Location of Copies note

    Master copies of the oral history interview are located at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.

    Preferred Citation note

    Kenneth Joseph Colvin oral history interview - OHP.2281, Tauber Holocaust Library – JFCS Holocaust Center, San Francisco, California

    Conditions Governing Use note

    There are no restrictions to use for this collection.

    Conditions Governing Access note

    There are no restrictions to access for this collection.

    Related Archival Materials note

    See also Kenneth Colvin papers - 1988.1149. Papers include Official Report of US Army liberation of Stalag VI, Hemer, Germany with photograph.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ebensee (Concentration camp).
    Ex-concentration camp inmates -- Medical care -- Austria
    Ex-concentration camp inmates -- Medical care -- Germany
    Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives
    Jewish soldiers -- United States
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Liberation