Metzl, Kurt

Kurt Metzl was only two years old when his home country, Austria, was annexed to Germany in March 1938. Having been warned by non-Jewish friends to leave if they could, Kurt’s father fled to Switzerland. Kurt and his mother joined him illegally when they disembarked during a train journey that stopped briefly in Switzerland and never re-boarded the train. The Metzl family spent the next ten years in Switzerland, living in fear of a German invasion that never came. In 1948, when Kurt was 12 years old, the family immigrated to the United States and settled in Kansas City.

Kurt Metzl Photo Gallery

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Testimonies may be used for individual research with proper citation. All other uses require written permission from MCHE. The above video testimony is edited from a full-length testimony that may be viewed onsite at the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education or at the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University

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