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Oral history interview with Ralph Dreike

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.675 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0675

Ralph Dreike discusses his childhood in Augsburg, Germany; being the child of an interfaith couple, with a Jewish father and Catholic mother; being raised as a Catholic; the anti-Semitism he encountered from a teacher after the Nazi rise power in 1933; his father's arrest in 1934; his transfer to a Catholic boarding school where he was not persecuted because his father was Jewish; the effects anti-Jewish laws had on his father's business; the Nazi takeover of his school; the harassment he experienced; his parents' decision to send to the United States; his trip by ship to New York and then by train to San Francisco; the relief from persecution he felt; his experiences in Homewood Terrace, where he stayed until he was placed with a Catholic foster family; his education; being labeled an enemy alien once the United States entered the war in 1941; his service in the United States Army in the Pacific; learning that his mother had been in hiding in a convent and his father had been incarcerated in a concentration camp; his marriage; his Jewish wife's conversion to Catholicism; and his life and family in the United States.

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Ralph Dreike
Elena Schulman
interview:  2003 February 06
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 09:36:20
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