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Oral history interview with Ernest Weil

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.588 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0588

Ernest Weil describes his chldhood in Landau, Germany; his experiences with antisemitism after the Nazi party rose to power; his memories of the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938; and his father's arrest and imprisonment in Dachau concentration camp. Mr. Weil describes hiding with his mother in their attic, fleeing to Mannheim temporarily, and the reunion of the family in Landau in February 1939. He discusses his voyage on the St. Louis to Cuba, being turned back and sent to a home for children in Enghein, France; and his parents' experiences in Gurs concentration camp in France, where his father died of pneumonia. Mr. Weil describes obtaining a visa to the United States in May 1940 and arriving in New York City, awaiting his mother's arrival, and moving with her to San Francisco.

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Ernest Weil
Peter Ryan
interview:  1990 April 02
1 videocassette (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: 2022-07-28 20:13:18
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