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Oral history interview with Werner Goldsmith

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1990.399.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0084

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    Oral history interview with Werner Goldsmith


    Interview Summary
    Werner Goldsmith, born in Erfurt, Germany on November 13, 1928, describes his family; the expulsion of Jewish children from German schools in 1938; the death of his father in 1938 and moving with his mother to Berlin, Germany; his mother placing him in the Auerbach Orphanage while she lived with another Jewish woman in West Berlin; his mother arranging for him to be placed in a transport to France while she traveled to England; living in the home of a French count until the invasion of France in 1940; the count being taken prisoner in Germany in 1940 and going into the care of the Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants; unsuccessfully attempting to flee to southern France and getting separated from the other children when he was placed in the Rothschild orphanage, where he remained for nine months; moving to Marseilles, France in the spring of 1941; receiving an emergency visa in September 1941 to immigrate to the United States because he had relatives there; getting on a transport from Marseilles to Portugal and then embarking on a Portuguese freighter and sailing to the United States; and living in Jewish foster homes until he reunited with his mother in 1946.
    Mr. Werner Goldsmith
    Linda G. Kuzmack
    interview:  1990 June 06
    creation: Washington (D.C.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    1 videocassette (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. Interview cannot be used for sale in the Museum Shop. Interview cannot be used by a third party for creation of a work for commercial purposes.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Goldsmith, Werner, 1928-
    Corporate Name
    World Union OSE

    Administrative Notes

    Linda Kuzmack, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, conducted the interview with Werner Goldsmith on June 6, 1990 in Washington, DC.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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