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Oral history interview with Lorie Bellak

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.300 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0300

Lorie Bellak, born March 17, 1929 in Ratibor, Germany (Raciborz, Poland), describes her childhood in Ratibor; the growing antisemitism she experienced; her memories of Kristallnacht; her father's arrest and imprisonment in Buchenwald; her family's decision to leave Germany; their sea journey to Shanghai, China; her first impressions of Shanghai; her experiences in the Hong Kew ghetto; her experiences with the Jewish community there; her memories of attacks by United States airplanes; meeting her husband; working at the US Army post exchange after the war ended; immigrating to the United States in 1948 with her husband; and her family life in Cleveland, OH and San Francisco, CA.

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Lorie Bellak
Peter Ryan
Anne G. Saldinger
interview:  1998 July 08
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: 2020-03-26 09:50:20
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