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K. Frank Korf Papers

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This important collection includes letters and memoirs written by Frank Korf during his wartime assignment as Officer-in-Charge of a Military Combat Intelligence Team for the 97th Infantry Division of General George S. Patton's 3rd U.S. Army in Europe. Korf, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was a liberator of Flossenburg concentration camp. Additional materials in the Korf Collection include correspondence and photographs.There are documents from his post-war tenure as Attorney for the Overseas Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice in Munich and Berlin. It was during this period that Korf was chosen to investigate the authenticity of the Joseph Goebbels' diaries.

"Korf's story is unique, as he was not a typical soldier. He was inducted into the army at age 32, older than 95% of the draftees. Korf was at once a victim of Nazism, an immigrant to the U.S. and a man who turned his back on his mother country in order to fight Nazism," states Dr. Patricia Kollander, Florida Atlantic University professor of history and co-author of "I Must Be a Part of This War": a German American's Fight Against Hitler and Nazism (Fordham University Press, 2005).

   

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