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Oral history interview with George Leitmann

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.470 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0470

George Leitmann discusses his childhood in Vienna, Austria; his encounters with antisemitism; having to leave school after the Nazi German annexation of Austria in 1938; being expelled with his family from their apartment in 1939; leaving Austria with his mother and two grandmothers in April 1940; their voyage to New York, sponsored by relatives; the difficulties his father encountered immigrating to the United States because he was born in Poland and fell under Polish quotas; his father's attempt to escape Austria by leading a group of Austrian Jews illegally to Yugoslavia and his execution in Yugoslavia in 1942; joining the United States Army after his high school graduation in 1944; his work as part of the Counter Intelligence Corps, interrogating prisoners of war and witnesses; his attendance at the Nuremberg war crimes trial; his service in military intelligence in the US Army Reserve; his post-war education at Columbia University and UC Berkeley in physics, where he earned a Ph.D.; and his work on the faculty of UC Berkeley, and as a Research Dean.


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Interviewee
George Leitmann
Interviewer
Sylvia Prozan
Richard Kirshman
Anne Feibelman
Claude Marger
Walter Partos
Lisa William-Zigmund
Date
interview:  1993 May 10
interview:  1993 May 11
Language
English
Extent
4 videocassettes (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