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Oral history interview with Arnold Benjamin

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.596 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0596

Arnold Benjamin discusses his family during the Holocaust based on his parents' memories, because Mr. Benjamin himself was born in 1935; the family's life in Berlin, Germany; his father going into hiding during Kristallnacht in November 1938 and avoiding arrest by the Nazi officers who arrived at the home; the family's decision to flee to Shanghai; the family's voyage by sea; their arrival in Shanghai; their experiences in the Hong Kew ghetto, where they often endured difficult and unhygienic circumstances; his father's work; his education in a school financed by an unidentified Sephardic Jew; his bar-mitzvah; the family's immigration to Israel after the war; their long journey and life in a refugee camp in Haifa; their economic difficulties; the family's return to Berlin in 1952 where his father began a wholesale business; his immigration to the United States in 1954; his military service in Frankfurt, Germany; his family's move from Berlin to New York and San Francisco; and his marriage and family.

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Arnold Benjamin
Sue Siegel
interview:  2002 December 18
Oral histories.
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: 2020-03-26 09:36:11
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