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Kurt Amplatz:
Transcript of Interview Excerpt

Kurt Amplatz, interviewed by Kirk Jeffrey on October 23, 2000 in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

“Well, originally, I came from Austria, and things were going very badly in Austria after the war [World War II]. We were occupied by Russia. We had very little to eat; as a matter of fact, 800 calories a day. I had been studying in Fribourg, Switzerland; Paris, France; and Zurich, Switzerland, so I thought it may be interesting to go to the United States.

My intention was only to stay one year, but after one year, I liked it so much that I took a year’s internship at Brooklyn, St. John’s Hospital in Brooklyn. Then I was looking for a residency program and I wrote thirty letters, and I got only one answer. That was the Mayo Clinic. So I flew there for an interview in the wintertime. I remember I landed in Rochester and it was snowing and people were so slow, and they talked so slowly, and I thought, I will never survive in a place like this.”


Biographical Information

Kurt Amplatz was born in Austria. He studied in Switzerland and France. He obtained his medical degree and then finished his training in the United States. He developed many medical devices and started two medical device companies, Kamca and AGA.

Kurt Amplatz