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Oral history interview with Joachim J. Baer

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.84 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0566

Joachim Baer, born December 29, 1929 in Hamburg, Germany discusses early childhood memories in Hamburg; antisemitism; traveling in 1933 and 1936 to Palestine where his father practiced medicine; his first impressions of Palestine and challenges in adjusting to life there; antisemitism in Palestine; his father’s difficulties with practicing medicine as he was not able to find many patients; tension between him and his sister because he continued his education while she had to work; financial struggles his family faced; how antisemitism in Palestine seemed to diminish during World War II; being approached to join Haganah, a Jewish paramilitary organization in Palestine; being in the Israeli Navy; being sent to Washington, DC in 1952 by his employer in Israel; studying electrical engineering at George Washington University; starting a family in Washington, DC; traveling back to Hamburg, Germany for his sister’s 70th birthday; and his father’s explanation of the difference between German and Nazi culture.

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Joachim J. Baer
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2010 March 01
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:23:22
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