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Oral history interview with John H. Lang

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.356 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0594

John Lang (Hans Ludwig Lange), born June 28, 1930, discusses his childhood in Berlin, Germany where his family was very active in their synagogue (Prince Regent Street Synagogue); experiencing antisemitism; memories of his early education; people throwing stones at him and his father when they sat in the park together; memories of Kristallnacht; attacking a Hitler Youth and his parents intervening with the family of that boy; going to England on the Kindertransport; staying completely silent on the Kindertransport train until crossing the border into Holland; living with a Christian family in England for half a year; his feelings of abandonment concerning his father; his parents escape from Germany just weeks before the war started; being evacuated to the English countryside; his father suffering multiple strokes; facing antisemitism in England; immigrating to the United States in 1940; being separated from his parents who stayed in England because his father was paralyzed; the bombings in London; his relationship with his sister; experiencing antisemitism in New York; bad experiences playing with American Jewish children; moving to Los Angeles, CA in 1940; learning about finance; moving back to New York with his mother; returning to Berlin, Germany with his children; and his belief that Americans will forget about the Holocaust.


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Interviewee
Mr. John H. Lang
Interviewer
Noemi J. Szekely-Popescu
Date
interview:  2010 October 15
Language
English
Extent
2 digital files : WAV.
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:23:27
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