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Oral history interview with Eric Livingston

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.473 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0473

Eric Livingston describes his childhood in Elberfeld, Germany; his military service in World War I, where he was awarded the Iron Cross; his businesses and factories in Wuppertal; marrying in 1925; the births of his daughters in 1927 and 1933; his early impressions of Hitler and the Nazi party; the implementation of anti-Jewish laws; the effects of institutionalized antisemitism on his businesses; the increasing restrictions imposed on Jews in Germany; his business travels during this period; deciding to emigrate; the efforts he made in order to leave Germany, including selling his some of his businesses; applying for visas with his family to the United States in 1937; the events of Kristallnacht; getting arrested on November 9, 1938; being imprisoned in Dachau; getting released in December 1938; receiving his visa for the United States; his experiences in San Francisco; his financial problems; difficulties he faced in receiving his belongings; receiving assistance from the Hebrew Free Loan Association; unsuccessfully attempting to obtain a visa for his mother, who perished; the death of his mother-in-law by suicide; the fate of other family members; the fate of his factories and businesses in Germany; the final sale of the businesses; the reparations he received from the German government; his successful pest control company in San Francisco; being involved with several local charitable organizations and ventures.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Eric Livingston
Gene Ayres
Jack Clark
interview:  1990 December 13
interview:  1991 February 21
2 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
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:35:25
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