I Must be a Part of this War
A German American's Fight against Hitler and Nazism
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: Fordham University Press
Download PDF (33.2 KB)
Download PDF (21.4 KB)
Download PDF (21.6 KB)
Many people helped bring this project to fruition. Dr. Christopher Keller of Davidson College and Louise French of the U.S. Military History Institute in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, helped locate valuable information on the ethnic backgrounds of soldiers who...
Download PDF (22.6 KB)
During the summer of 1999 I was called to the office the History Department chair, Professor John O’Sullivan. He had a box of documents on his desk from the World War II period. He explained that they were to be donated to the Special Collections division of our...
Download PDF (42.7 KB)
In August 1942 a German-born U.S. Army private, Kurt Frank Korf, wrote to his mother in Germany: Now the arms of madness [of Nazism] are stretching across the Atlantic, and they are gripping us with the fingers of those men and boys who were...
Chapter 1: From Patriot to Outcast: 1909–1937
Download PDF (102.7 KB)
In November 1907 a very extravagant wedding took place in Berlin. The bride was Margarete Mossner, daughter of the prestigious publisher Curt Mossner, and the groom was Franz Korf, an inspector with the royal postal service. The reception took place in the posh...
Chapter 2: How to Become an American: 1937–1942
Download PDF (129.6 KB)
On 3 February 1937, a cool and sunny day, the SS Paris arrived in New York Harbor. Korf nervously waited in line to enter the country. Finally his turn came. When the immigration inspector asked him the purpose of his trip, Korf replied that he was on a business...
Chapter 3: A German in the U.S. Army: 1943–1944
Download PDF (138.2 KB)
On a chilly November morning in 1942 Korf packed a small suitcase and reported to Pennsylvania Station. He soon found himself in a crowd of men as the names of future soldiers were yelled out and tickets distributed to them. Finally, Korf boarded the train and it...
Chapter 4: Into the Abyss: 1944–1945
Download PDF (155.7 KB)
The Battle of the Bulge began on 16 December 1944, when the German army staged a surprise attack against the weakest section of the American front, which stretched for fifty miles between Monschau, Germany, and Echternach, Luxembourg. The focal point of the...
Chapter 5: The Hunt for War Criminals: 1945–1946
Download PDF (110.6 KB)
Shortly after VE day Korf and his men were ordered to move west. No destination was announced. They stopped at Schloss Seehof, an ornate seventeenth-century castle built on the outskirts of Bamberg, a town about sixty miles north of Nuremberg. The men looked...
Chapter 6: From World War to Cold War
Download PDF (111.4 KB)
In late January 1946 Korf was sent to Regensburg by his commandant. Koref drove him. The skies were overcast, and visibility was poor. As they drove into Regensburg the two discovered an overturned jeep. The driver, an American officer, was lying in the snow...
Chapter 7: The Goebbels Diaries
Download PDF (78.5 KB)
Without question, the highlight of Korf’s tenure with the Overseas Mission—if not his entire career with the Justice Department—was his investigation into the diaries of Hitler’s propaganda minister, Dr. Joseph Goebbels. His search for evidence took him through all...
Download PDF (48.2 KB)
The comfort and security that eluded Korf and members of his immediate family during the Nazi era were provided for them in the United States. Korf’s mother, Margarete, came to the United States in 1947 and lived with her son and daughter-in-law. When Frank...
Download PDF (109.8 KB)
Download PDF (58.3 KB)
Download PDF (41.5 KB)
Page Count: 272
Publication Year: 2005