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Oral history interview with Harry Lewin

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.340 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0340

Harry Lewin discusses his childhood in Berlin, Germany; his move to Frankfurt, Germany at age 18 to work with a clothing company; his awareness of increased antisemitism in the smaller towns he visited during the course of his work; his return to Berlin, where he felt more secure in a large Jewish community; the effect of the 1935 Nuremberg laws, including an altercation with a policeman after he was discovered giving a ride in his car to a girl of Aryan descent; the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938; hiding in a co-worker's house to escape arrest; witnessing the destruction in Berlin; the family's decision to flee Germany for Shanghai; leaving with all his family members save one sister; his experiences in Shanghai, where he met his wife; his father's death; and his immigration to the United States with his wife in 1947, joined by his mother a year and a half later.

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Harry Lewin
Peter Ryan
interview:  1997 September 10
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: 2020-07-08 14:55:24
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