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Oskar Kastner (1936 - 1942)

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Oskar Kastner
1936 - 1942
Born
August 30, 1936
Vienna, Vienna Austria
Death
October 1942
Treblinka, Ostrów Mazowiecka County, Masovian Voivodeship Poland 07-319
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Oskar Kastner was born on August 30, 1936 in Vienna, Vienna Austria. He died in October 1942 in Treblinka, Masovian Voivodeship Poland at age 6.
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Updated: July 16, 2019
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Oskar Kastner died in October 1942 in Treblinka, Masovian Voivodeship Poland at age 6. He was born on August 30, 1936 in Vienna, Vienna Austria. There is no information about Oskar's family.
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1936 - 1942 World Events

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In 1936, in the year that Oskar Kastner was born, on November 3rd, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected to a second term. He ran against Republican Governor Alf Landon (Kansas), defeating Landon in the popular vote by 60.8% to 36.5%. Vermont and Maine were the only two states in which Landon won. John Nance Garner IV became the Vice-President in this election.

In 1940, Oskar was just 4 years old when on September 16th, the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940, was enacted - the first peacetime draft in U.S. history. Men between 21 and 36 were required to register with their draft boards. When World War II began, men between 18 and 45 were subject to service and men up to 65 were required to register.

In 1941, at the age of just 5 years old, Oskar was alive when in his State of the Union address on January 6th, President Roosevelt detailed the "four freedoms" that everyone in the world should have: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the same speech, he outlined the benefits of democracy which he said were economic opportunity, employment, social security, and the promise of "adequate health care".

In 1942, in the year of Oskar Kastner's passing, on November 28th at 10:15p, a nightclub in Boston, the Cocoanut Grove, caught fire. The origins of the fire are unknown but it killed 492 people - the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. Hundreds more were injured. The disaster was so shocking that it replaced World War II in the headlines and lead to reforms in safety standards and codes.

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