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Oral history interview with Gerald Schwab

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.106.0082

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Gerald Abraham Schwab, born February 19, 1925 in Freiburg, Germany, discusses his parents and sister; the increasing restrictions on Jews beginning in 1933; being taken on a Kindertransport to Switzerland in April 1933; returning to Germany in 1940 to get visas to go to the United States with his family; arriving in New York City in May 1940; being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943; his assignments in the army, including acting as an interpreter for General Mark Clark’s staff in the 5th Army; acting as an interpreter at the Nuremburg trials after leaving the army; his conversations with the defendants and his impressions; working for the documentation center in 1946; returning to the U.S.; attending the University of Chicago and Stanford University; his research on the Herschel Grynzpan case; writing The day the Holocaust began: The Odyssey of Herschel Grynzpan; and his work for the Historian’s office at the USHMM.

Interviewee
Mr. Gerald Schwab
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
1997 November 18  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
3 sound cassettes (74 min.).
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Record last modified: 2018-05-09 09:37:14
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