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Oral history interview with Gary Bigus

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.303 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0303

Gerhard "Gary" Bigus, born on October 7, 1924 in Berlin, Germany, describes his parents, who were considered stateless; his half-brother Willie; his childhood in Berlin; the clothing shop his father owned and ran; being well-informed about politics as a child; the onset of antisemitic persecution in Germany and the boycotts of the Jewish shops; his memories of Kristallnacht; the attempts of his father and family to flee Germany in 1939; procuring boat tickets to Shanghai, China; the train and boat trips to Shanghai; his life in the Japanese Quarter; his job and the living conditions there; the émigré culture of which he was a part; the death of his father; his and his mother's attempts to learn the fate of family members after the war; his immigration first to Israel in 1949 and then to the United States in 1958; and his life, family, and work in California.


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Interviewee
Gary Bigus
Interviewer
Peter Ryan
Elizabeth Ryan
Date
interview:  1998 May 27
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
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:33:43
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