Survivor STORY

Kurt Baer was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, in 1911, where his family had lived for several generations and owned a store specializing in fine linens. To escape the escalating anti-Jewish decrees by the Nazi government, his brother, Howard, left for America in 1937 and Kurt came to America and settled in Atlanta in 1938. Kurt’s mother, Frieda, escaped to England during the war, where she was a matron at a home for German Jewish children, then immigrated to Atlanta after the war. She worked, and later resided, at the Atlanta Jewish Home during the 1950s.

In 1939, Kurt married Beulah Mendelson, whom he met at work. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in North Africa and Italy, and was shipped out only six weeks after his oldest son, Michael, was born in early 1943. The Baers had another son, Jack, when Kurt returned to Atlanta.

After the war he joined his brother at Howard Paper Company and continued there when the company was sold to Jacksonville Paper Company. Mr. Baer and his wife were long-time members of Ahavath Achim and The Temple before moving to Rockville, Maryland, in 1988.

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