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Oral history interview with Hans Gerson

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.687 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0687

Hans Gerson discusses his childhood in Hamburg, Germany; the assimilated nature of his family; his attendance at a liberal school; the lack of antisemitism until Hitler's rise to power in 1933; his decision to become an architect; having to leave Germany for London in 1934 in order to pursue his studies; his initial internment at the Isle of Man; being advised to move to Bristol in order to improve his English; his return to London after three years; meeting and marrying a fellow German emigre; working as an architect during the war years; the immigration of the rest of his family to the United States in 1939; his immigration with his wife in 1946 to New York; their relocation to the San Francisco Bay Area; and his career as an architect.

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Hans Gerson
Gail Moscoso
Simon Levine
interview:  1996 February 08
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 09:36:21
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