Children of survivors grow up under a very dark cloud . Add to this the struggle of cultural orientation in a new country and you may find youngsters desperate to fit in, denying their heritage if necessary . Germans carry the sins of their fathers and grandfathers don't they ? Kay would've jumped on the 60's peace and love anti- war bandwagon with a focused determination .Dave McGowan dedicated an entire chapter to Kay in his book “Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon”
Documenting interesting details about Kay through out. His father, Fritz Krauledat was a Oberwatchmeister in the Nazi army that was killed in Operation Barbarossa.
Kay’s Mother Elsbeth received word of his death while she was pregnant with Joachim/John. From this point on the two were on the run from the Russian counterattack.
They eventually ended up in Arnstadt (West Germany) where she married a former Nazi soldier, POW AND mason by trade Gerhard Kyczinski.
From this point Joachim seems to lead a somewhat charmed life, attending an exclusive private school with a perpetual waiting list, traveling back and forth across the East/West border unhindered to visit Gerhard’s parents and vacationing in Travermunde.
McGowan attributes Kay getting his first radio and listening to Little Richard on US Armed Forces radio as a genesis for what was to come.
In 1958 Gerhard, Elsbeth and Joachim relocated to Toronto by plane. This marks a series of examples that McGowan gives of Kay leading a inexplicably charmed life. Flying would have been significantly more expensive that going by boat and his research could not uncover a source of funding for these extravagances.
In 1963 Gerhard again moved his family to Buffalo NY where he started an “Import/Export business and the three moved into a stately house on Woodward street.
From this point the Family quickly moves again, this time to Los Angeles where Gerhard lands a job at the German Consulate as a chauffeur for the counsel General.
This is the trajectory that landed John Kay in the Laurel Canyon area of Los Angeles at the dawn and epicenter of a musical revolution.
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I would not classify these Nazis as fugitives. Operation Paperclip documents released during the Church committee hearings revealed that thousands of high ranking Nazis were brought to this country post WWII and integrated into the CIA, NASA and Medical and educational institutions across the US, that is an admitted fact. Hell, our entire space program was headed by a relocated Nazi scientist Werner Von Braun and almost his entire staff.Children of survivors grow up under a very dark cloud . Add to this the struggle of cultural orientation in a new country and you'll usually find youngsters desperate to fit in, denying their heritage if necessary . Germans carry the sins of their fathers and grandfathers , so Kay would've jumped on the 60's peace and love anti- war bandwagon with a focused determination .
Herman Hesse , author of Steppenwolf, was a thoroughly indoctrinated pacifist who, after being kicked out of the Reich,spent the rest of his life in Switzerland suffering from severe depression and telling us all about it through his literary endeavors , his books on full display along with Bagadvita(sp), Furry Freak Bros Rubin and Hoffman and other " deep " stuff . Usually parked on home made shelves somewhere above the stereo , either side of the tie dyed curtains ... but i digress .
Of course the big question that you are asking is , was Kay's step father,either through coercion or otherwise in the employ of Stasi , perhaps supported by the anonymous diaspora of fugitive nazi functionaries , not all of who re settled in Argentina . Two sides of the same coin .