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Oral history interview with Gerard Caspary

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.446 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0446

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The interview describes Mr. Caspary's comfortable childhood in Frankfurt, Germany, and his early memories of the Nazi ascension to power, including the boycott of Jewish businesses in 1933. Mr. Caspary recalls the family's move to France to escape the antisemitic Nazi regime, and his early life and schooling there. He describes the effect of the enforcement of antisemitic laws in France, including the wearing of the yellow star, and the dismay his teacher expressed at these events. Mr. Caspary talks about the round-up of the Jews in Paris, and, later that year, in October, of his parents' deportation to Drancy concentration camp. He discusses his experiences being hidden by neighbors and friends, first in Paris and then in Versailles. Mr. Caspary, whose parents never returned, recalls being sent for after the war ended by a relative in St. Louis, Missouri, his education in the United States, and his career as a professor at the University of California Berkeley.

Interviewee
Gerard Caspary
Date
1990 December 20  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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