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Oral history interview with John Franklin

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.291 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0291

John Franklin (né Hans Frankenthal), born in July 2, 1930 in Würzburg, Germany, discusses his parents Max and Clara Frankenthal and his older brother Danner; life in Würzburg; fleeing with his family to Holland after Kristallnacht; his brother escaping to the United States in 1938 with the support of his maternal uncle and changing his name to Warren Franklin; living in a small town in the interior of Holland from 1938 until 1942; being sent with other Jews to Amsterdam; being deported with his parents in the middle of 1943 to Westerbork; being deported with his father shortly afterward to Bergen-Belsen; being loaded into a transport train from Bergen-Belsen to Theresienstadt with his father in 1945; the train never arriving at its destination and later being referred to as the Lost Train; his father dying in route and being buried in a mass grave; the train stopping in Troebitz, in the Russian zone, where the prisoners were liberated by Russian Cossacks; returning to Holland and reuniting with his mother, who had been in Auschwitz, and his grandmother, who had spent the war years hidden in Holland; his grandmother’s death in 1946; immigrating with his mother to the United States in 1948; joining his brother and uncle in San Francisco, CA in 1948; being educated as a teacher; teaching high school economics and political science in San Francisco public schools; getting married at age 57; and his two stepchildren.


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Interviewee
John Franklin
Interviewer
Tami Benau
Date
interview:  1994 December 08
interview:  1995 October 06
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
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
 
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