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Oral history interview with Frank J. Catz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.308 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0308

Frank J. Catz, born February 15, 1919 in Holland, Netherlands, discusses his childhood in Rotterdam, Netherlands; his parents, James and Louise Catz; his older brother Hans and younger brother Theo; being brought up without religion but knowing he was Jewish; hearing on the radio about events in Germany in the mid-1930s; his experiences in boarding school in Switzerland; going into the Dutch Army in January 1939; his decision to transfer to the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) in 1939, where he would be able to leave the army and work; his life and work for the family spice business; learning of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands; being drafted to serve in the Dutch East Indies Army after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941; becoming a prisoner of war in 1942 and being sent to Japan, where he spent several years in prisoner-of-war camps in Nagasaki and Fukuoka; returning to the Netherlands after his liberation and the end of the war; learning about his family's experiences under occupation and of his parents' deaths in Auschwitz; his immigration to the United States in 1948; his marriage; moving with his family to San Francisco, CA; his family and career; and his widowhood and remarriage.

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Frank J. Catz
Peter Ryan
Elizabeth Ryan
interview:  1997 July 02
Oral histories.
1 videocassette (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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