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Oral history interview with Henry Gallant

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.53 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0528

Henry Gallant, born on October 30, 1928, in Berlin, Germany, describes his family; how life was fairly normal until the 1936 Olympics, at which point Jews were forbidden from going to certain places; his memories of Kristallnacht and the Nuremberg Laws; losing several of his friends once Hitler came to power and antisemitism was institutionalized; his journey on the S.S. St. Louis and being forced to return to Europe; traveling to Switzerland and finding a job in a hotel; being separated from his father, who was sent to the Gurs and Auschwitz camps and never seen again; staying with his mother in a small house in Le Mans, France and then moving to an unoccupied part of Nice, France once the war began; living in the attic of a Gentile home and having a small Bar Mitzvah in 1941; sneaking into Geneva, Switzerland and living with a foster family while his mother stayed in a refugee camp; attending the École d’Humanité in Switzerland; seeing American troops come into Switzerland; immigrating to the United States; and moving around the country working for various hotels.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Mr. Henry Gallant
Joan Ringelheim
interview:  2009 May 11
Oral histories.
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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Interview funded by grants from The Lerner Family Foundation and from Carole and Maurice Berk and the Katharine M. and Leo S. Ulman.
Record last modified: 2023-06-12 11:08:35
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