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DorobekInsider: Godspeed to Kurt Kelman

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I just saw that Steve Kelman posted on his blog, The Lectern, about the death of his father, Kurt Kelman, who passed away last night. He was 89.

From Steve Kelman’s post:

Kurt Kelman… was an immigrant. Born in Vienna, Austria, he was 19, and just graduating from high school, when Hitler took over the country in 1938. He immediately decided to leave. A few months later, he got a train ticket to Basel, Switzerland, just over the German border, but with no passport, he would have been unable to enter the country legally. Just over the German border, he jumped off the train as it rounded a bend, and walked into the city to a refugee organization, which took him to a small village to hide. Turned in to the police by a suspicious local farmer, he was put in jail (he didn’t have any money to pay a fine) and then expelled, fortunately to France and not back to Germany.

Read the rest of Steve Kelman’s remembrance here.

Written by cdorobek

September 26, 2008 at 12:47 PM

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