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Oral history interview with Gerhart Riegner

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0189

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Gerhart Riegner, born on September 12, 1911 in Berlin, Germany, describes his family; balancing a dual German-Jewish identity while growing up; the November 1932 elections that brought Hitler to power; losing his job in the legal profession on April 1, 1933 because of Hitler’s antisemitic laws and deciding to leave Germany for Paris, France; being hired as a representative of the World Jewish Congress in Geneva, Switzerland; after the war working on the international convention against racial discrimination with the INO and the UNESCO; participating in the International Red Cross Conference in Geneva in 1949; sending the now famous telegram in August 1942 to Stephen Wise and Sidney Silverman warning them of the Nazi plan for the extermination of European Jewry; and dealing with several governments to show Nazi atrocities to the world.

Interviewee
Gerhart Riegner
Interviewer
Richard Breitman
Date
1991 April 28  (interview)
1992 May 11  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
8 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:07:54
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