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).