Abram Iosifovich Kashper was born on October 5, 1919, in Slavuta, Khmelnytsky Oblast, Ukraine. In 1936, he was accepted to Kiev [Kyiv] University’s Department of Western Languages nd Literature, from which he graduated on the eve of the war. Beginning his war-time service as a private in an artillery regiment, in 1942 Kashper became the regiment’s interpreter. Later, he was appointed head of prisoner of war interrogation of the 65th Army. At the end of 1944, Kashper was transferred to an intelligence department, where he prepared Soviet agents for their operations in enemy territory. Kashper’s parents and two sisters were murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust. In 1946, he was demobilized and returned to Kiev, where he worked as a professor of German and French. In 1993, he emigrated to the United States. The interview was recorded on April 22, 2009, in Chicago.


Abram Kashper, “Professor of Germans,” developed his own strategies for interrogating war prisoners.

A tour of the concentration camp Buchenwald.

The worst day and the obligation to survive and avenge his murdered family.