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Oral history interview with Carl Hammerschmidt

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.693 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0693

This collection comprises one videotape with accompanying transcript of an oral history interview with Carl Hammerschmidt. The interview was conducted by Judith Backover, Peggy Poole and Judy Colligan on behalf of the Holocaust Oral History Project on Novemer 14, 1990. Carl Hammerschmidt is a Holocaust survivor.

The interview describes Mr. Hammerschmidt's comfortable childhood and education in Berlin, Germany. Mr. Hammerschmidt recalls the rise to power of the Nazi party, the increasing antisemitism, the fear that he family felt, and his sister's immigration to South Africa in 1936. Mr. Hammerschmidt describes his experiences during Kristallnacht, the arrests of his father and his uncle, and his father's subsequent decision to leave Germany. Mr. Hammerschmidt discusses the family's difficulties in raising money so that they could leave, and their purchase of false visas to Panama. He describes the family's experiences in Panama, where they purchased and operated a coffee farm. Among the his experiences in Panama, Mr. Hammerschmidt recounts that he and his father were in an internment camp in the Canal Zone. Mr. Hammerschmidt describes the family's move to New York in 1946, and his subsequent move to San Francisco, where he settled.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Carl Hammerschmidt
interview:  1990 November 14
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: 2022-07-28 20:13:20
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