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Oral history interview with (D.S.) Anonymous

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.57 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0057

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    Oral history interview with (D.S.) Anonymous


    Interview Summary
    D. S., son of a Jewish banker and a Protestant mother and born in Berlin, Germany in 1928, describes staying in Berlin until 1948; his family’s history, his education, and how their life as Jews changed and became increasingly restricted after 1935; non-Jewish relatives broke off contact until after the war ended; Kristallnacht; the confiscation of his father’s business and property; his father being arrested and detained for one week at Rosenstrasse; participating in the Rosenstrasse protest; his family being forced to move into rooms shared with two other families; the Jewish schools closing and working for the Reichsvereinigung der Juden in Deutschland for several months until the entire staff was deported in vans; being spared because of his non-Jewish mother and his belief that this is why his father survived; his bar mitzvah in 1941; he and his father being assigned to a labor camp in Berlin in 1942; resisting the Germans through sabotage while in the labor unit and as a member of a small resistance group composed of young men from mixed marriages; life during the Battle of Berlin; life during the Russian occupation; completing his education in a German high school; his desire to leave Germany and going to the United States in 1948; being helped by HIAS; his parents remaining in Germany, but his mother joining him after his father’s death; his personal encounters with Germans during the war and receiving some help from non-Jews; and his feelings about Germans and his determination to fight antisemitism.
    D. S.
    interview:  1982 February 22
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

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    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted this interview with an anonymous interviewee in Philadelphia, PA on February 22, 1982. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College on September 30, 1999.
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