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Oral history interview with Jay Frankston

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.212 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0212

Jay Frankston (né Joseph Frankenstein), born on October 10, 1928 in Frankfurt, Germany, describes the early accounts of his life, which he only knowns because they were told to him again from his friends and family; moving with his parents, Max and Alice, to Poland not too long after his birth; having few memories of Poland, except that they had to leave abruptly; his father, who was a barber in Poland but was treated as an outcast because of his religious beliefs and fled to Germany; moving with his family in 1937 to Paris, France, where his father opened his own store that sold leather goods; experiencing antisemitism at school from his classmates; the antisemitism his parents experienced; his family’s decision to move south to Marseilles, France when it became clear in 1939 that Germany could invade Paris; going with his family to the United States in 1943 and changing their name to Frankston (Joseph also changed his name to Jay); and his thoughts on how being middle class helped them afford their escape from Europe.

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Jay Frankston
Sandra Bendayan
interview:  1994 November 04
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:13:12
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