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Oral history interview with Eli Rock

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0063 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0386

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Eli Rock, born on August 12, 1915 in Rochester, NY, describes growing up with Russian Jewish immigrant parents; practicing law in Rochester until he moved to Washington, DC in December 1942 to work for the Labor Relations Board; joining the American Field Service in late 1944 to be a part of the war efforts; serving as an ambulance driver for the French Army in Germany; being hired by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to help with relief efforts and to act as an interpreter to the French Jewish community; organizing a tracing center to reunite survivors with their families and administrating the dispatch of relief teams to Feldafing, a displaced persons camp in Germany; accompanying General Dwight D. Eisenhower and General George S. Patton when they visited Feldafing on September 15, 1945; returning to New York in December 1945 but returning to Europe to direct the JDC office in Berlin, Germany; helping Jewish survivors to reach the American zone of Berlin and running the Schlachtensee displaced persons camp in Berlin from January 1946 until January 1947; returning to New York in February 1947, where he worked as a lawyer for the JDC until 1948; helping to create the Jewish Restitution Successor Organization whose function was to provide restitution for Jewish property in Germany; and continuing his work as a lawyer in Philadelphia.

Interviewee
Eli Rock
Interviewer
Randy M. Goldman
Date
1998 January 28  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..