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Oral history interview with Gad Beck

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0361

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Gad Beck, born in Berlin, Germany on June 30, 1923, describes growing up with a twin sister in a religious Jewish home; switching into a Jewish school in 1934 because his non-Jewish peers taunted him too much; his family’s loss of their home and moving into the Jewish quarter in 1938; cleaning up the mess of the looting that occurred on Kristallnacht; starting work at a cardboard box factory run by an SA officer, who allowed him to participate in agricultural training in preparation for a move to Palestine; missing the last boat to Palestine because of illness and returning to work in Berlin; organizing a small network to bring his family and other Jews to safety by using financial connections with underground and Swiss Zionist groups; being caught and sent to prison, where he started a relationship with a boy named Zwie; the Soviet liberation of Berlin and moving into the American side; meeting David ben Gurion, who had him take a census of the displaced Jews who wanted to immigrate to Palestine; immigrating to Palestine with his family and Zwie in 1947; and eventually returning to Berlin to work with the Jewish community.

Interviewee
Mr. Gad Beck
Interviewer
Klaus Müller
Date
1996 February 16  (interview)
Language
German
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
7 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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