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Oral history interview with Fred Goldman

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2001.217 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0146

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    Oral history interview with Fred Goldman


    Interview Summary
    Fred Goldman, born in Fürth, Germany on September 6, 1915, describes his childhood; his memories of Hitler coming to power; finishing high school and moving to Berlin to train to be a cantor and teacher at a Jewish Teacher’s College; returning to Fürth after three years and moving back in with his mother and sister; immigrating to the United States in January 1939 because a distant cousin vouched for him; arriving in the U.S. with twelve dollars and taking a job as a busboy at a department store in New York; marrying Ruth Schuster, a Jewish women also from Fürth; working in a uniform factory until he was drafted into the army in March 1943; becoming a member of the medical corps but then being transferred into the military intelligence unit when the army learned he was fluent in German; going to Camp Ritchie in Maryland; interrogating prisoners in Europe; staying with the army until March 1946, when he returned to the United States and became a diamond setter; and settling in Silver Spring, Maryland after the war.
    Fred Goldman
    Gail Schwartz
    interview:  2001 November 19

    Physical Details

    3 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Goldman, Fred, 1915-

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch conducted the interview with Fred Goldman on November 19, 2001. The interview was transferred to the Archives Branch in December 2001.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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