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Oral history interview with Hans Levy

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.604 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0604

Hans Levy discusses his childhood in Halle, Germany; the family's moves to Dresden and Berlin; his early memories of antisemitism; his father's business in Berlin failing because of the anti-Jewish boycott in 1933; a family friend who was an SS officer who sheltered his family after Kristallnacht in November 1938; the family's decision to flee; their failure to obtain visas in numerous countries; the family getting passage to Shanghai, China; their arrival in Shanghai; his experiences in the Hong Kew ghetto; various business activities he was involved with, trading and reselling, and his involvement with coffee roasting; his father's death in 1945; his marriage; his immigration with his wife to the United States; his work in San Francisco, CA; obtaining a loan from Hebrew Free Loans; his eventual success as the largest notions wholesaler in the country; and the return trip he made with his family to Shanghai.

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Hans Levy
interview:  2002 December 09
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: 2020-07-08 14:55:24
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