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Oral history interview with Rabbi Theodore Alexander

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.508 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0508

Rabbi Theodore (Ted) Alexander discusses his childhood in Berlin, Germany; his family life and Jewish education; his memories of anti-Semitism and Hitler's rise to power; the boycott of Jewish stores; the family's attempt failed attempts to leave Germany; Kristallnacht; hiding with his father to evade capture and arrest; removing the Torahs from the burned synagogue; the family's flight to Shanghai; his work with E.D. Sasson Banking Company and his social life in Shanghai; the resumption of his rabbinical studies and his ordination in 1943; the Japanese occupation of Shanghai;the family's move to the Hong Kew ghetto; memories of General Ghoya, who oversaw the ghetto; the end of the war; his marriage; obtaining an affidavit from his sister who had been living in Chicago; deciding with his wife to leave for the United States; arriving in San Francisco in 1947 on Yom Kippur, which he celebrated using the Torah he had rescued from the Berlin synagogue;his work and family life; serving as a rabbi part-time in several Bay Area congregations; becoming a full time rabbi at Congregation B'nai Emunah in 1968; the emigration of his parents; his political activism and his work in the civil rights movement.

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Rabbi Theodore Alexander
Hilde Gattmann
interview:  2002 May 22
Oral histories.
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 09:35:26
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