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Oral history interview with Gerald Schwab

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.106.0082

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    Oral history interview with Gerald Schwab


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Mr. Gerald Schwab
    Gail Schwartz
    interview:  1997 November 18

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    3 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Administrative Notes

    Gail Schwartz, a volunteer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted this interview on November 18, 1997 in Alexandria, Va. The interview was transferred to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on November 18, 1997.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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