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Gerald L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1908) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1908

Videotape testimony of Gerald L., who was born in Gumbinnen, Germany (now Gusev, Russia) in 1929. He recalls his parents' divorce; living with his father and stepmother; moving to Königsberg (Kaliningrad), then Danzig (Gdańsk, Poland); emigrating with his father, stepmother, and other family members to Shanghai in July 1939; his father's death six months later; living with his stepmother among the Jewish refugees in a Chinese working-class district; financial support from his uncle's dental practice; attending a Jewish school (the center of his social life); Japanese occupation; confinement to Hongkew; the self-contained yet diverse Jewish community; viewing Chinese life at a distance in spite of close physical proximity; religious services conducted in German; his bar mitzvah; working in a silk factory; joining his mother in Colombia after the war; living in a German Jewish community; moving to the United States seven years later; and marriage. Mr. L. discusses visiting Shanghai with his son and their plans to visit Poland and Germany. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
L., Gerald, 1929-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
January 30, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gerald L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1908). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.