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Dubois County: German Americans, 1993-1994


Interviewee
Krapf, Norbert August 5, 1993 

Call Number
93-073

Physical Description

50 pages; 3 tapes, 1 7/8 ips, 132 minutes; index

Interviewer
Muehr, Heiko

Access Status

Open

Scope and Content Note

Norbert Krapf, born in 1943, discusses growing up in the German Catholic community of Jasper, Indiana. He discusses his ancestor's immigration from Germany and the lives of his parents in this German Catholic farming community. He talks about his education and what led to his career as a writer. He discusses the great impact his German roots have had on him, on his work, and on the research he's done on his family, the area, and on German heritage. He discusses his works, especially Finding the Grain and other poetry as well as their inspirations. Krapf talks about both the support and the resistance he's received from and for his writings, particularly in the subject of the Holocaust. He mentions many people's seeming desire to hide their German descent due to post- World War I and World War II antagonism. He discusses the part Catholicism has played in his own and in many others' German heritage. He also discusses his experiences teaching in Germany

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    • Family Names
    • Krapf
    • Place Names
    • Germany
    • Indiana
    • Long Island, New York
    • Occupation Names
    • author
    • professor
    • Personal Names
    • Dreiser, Theodore
    • Fierst, John
    • Kundek, Joseph
    • Subjects
    • Catholicism
    • English language
    • farming
    • Finding the Grain
    • German heritage
    • German language
    • Holocaust
    • poetry
    • Strassenfest
    • World War I
    • World War II