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Oral history interview with Kurt Gronowski

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.163 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0163

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

The interview describes Mr. Gronowski's childhood in Berlin, Germany, the antisemitism he experienced, the destruction of his family's business during Kristallnacht, November 1938, and the family's escape to Shanghai, China. Mr. Gronowski describes his experiences while on board the ship from Italy, the family's arrival in Shanghai and the assistance they received from the Jewish community. He discusses life in the Jewish ghetto in Shanghai, conditions during the Japanese occupation, and the improvement of conditions after the war ended. Mr. Gronowski describes emigrating to the United States, difficulties he encountered while living in Indiana, and settling in San Francisco where he became a successful businessman.

Interviewee
Mr. Jakob Grochowski
Date
1999 December 14  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:06:06
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