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Oral history interview with Jack Frank

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.346.16 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0016

Rabbi Jack Frank, born in 1926 in Frankfurt, Germany, describes his family history; his family’s involvement with the Orthodox Jewish community in the suburb Bergen-Enkheim; his education; being ostracized as a child because he was Jewish; experiencing antisemitism; his family’s plans to immigrate to the United States; hiding in their home Kristallnacht and going on the following day to Anspach, where his grandparents lived; his father’s arrest during Kristallnacht and his deportation to Buchenwald, from which he was released four weeks later; hearing about his father’s experiences in Buchenwald from others; the destruction of the synagogue in Bergen-Enkheim; living in an orphanage with his sister until they went to England in September 1939; the beginning of the war; celebrating his bar mitzvah in the orphanage in Frankfurt; going to England with his mother, father, sister, and aunt; remaining in England six months before going to Chicago, IL; the fates of his extended family members; the impact Kristallnacht had on him; and visiting Germany years after the war.

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Jack Frank
interview:  1986 December 09
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:09:36
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