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Oral history interview with Hans Wolfgang Philippi

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.640 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0640

The interview describes Mr. Philippi's childhood in Berlin, Germany, his memories of antisemitism when Hitler rose to power, the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938, and his father arrest and imprisonment in Sachsenhausen concentration camp. Mr. Philippi describes being smuggled to Holland and placed in camps in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, his reunion with his parents and their voyage on the ship St. Louis toward Cuba in 1939. He describes the passengers being detained by the Cubans, denied entry to Cuba and the United States, and the ship's return to Hamburg. Mr. Philippi discusses the coalition of countries who agreed to take these passengers, his family's return to Holland, their successful immigration to Chile during the war, and his immigration to the United States in 1964.

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Hans W. Philippi
Peter Ryan
interview:  1998 September 02
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 09:36:15
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