Kurt Pauly was born in Aachen, Germany to a Jewish family. His dad had a lot of jobs. He was a trained chef, a butcher and managed houses for his father in law. Kurt loved spending time with his family and especially loved playing with his cousins Anne and Margot Frank.
In 1933 the Nazi's came to power into Germany. Nazi's told customers of Jewish businesses to boycott them. Those were bad times for anyone Jewish who was living in Germany.
In 1936 the Pauly's immigrated to Palestine where Kurt's dad owned a trucking business. Two years later they moved to Cincinnati.
As the war got bigger, Kurts parents began to worry. They had left family behind in Germany and they were concerned for them.
The war kept getting worse for the Jews. They started getting sent to ghettos and concentration camps. They were getting killed very quickly. Every hour thousands of Jews died.
After the war Kurt learned that some of his closest relatives had died in the Holocaust. In 1948 the Pauly's moved to New Jersey. After serving in the Korean War for the U.S. he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.