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Oral history interview with Gerhard Levy

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.41 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0041

Dr. Gerhard Levy, born in 1928 in Wollin, Germany (Wolin, Poland), describes his father having a large clothing store and being a German veteran from World War I; the presence of only 20 to 30 Jews in town and being the only Jewish child in school; being transferred to a Jewish school in Caputh, Germany; his father selling his business after Kristallnacht in November 1938; his father being taken to a concentration camp but released after about six months (he shows a photograph of his family taken a few months later); the repair of some of the synagogues in Berlin after the war; spending a year in Berlin before going to Shanghai, China; most of their belongings being stolen by the customs people; traveling by train through Poland and Russia to get the Shanghai; being too young to remember many details about the trip; setting in the Chinese quarter that was occupied by the Japanese; the Jews being restricted to about four city blocks; his father having a number of different jobs and his mother cooking on a small outdoor hibachi; the food shortage; attending school and learning Chinese and improving his English; attending a plumbing school and working as an apprentice in a pharmacy; the Jewish community managing fairly well; receiving information from a Russian radio station; learning about the concentration camps after the war; the war ending; his family receiving help from the HIAS in 1948 to go to the United States; settling in San Francisco, CA, where his father became a janitor and his mother worked as household help; and his message that one must not forget.

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Gerhard Levy
Mrs. Toby Back
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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