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Oral history interview with Harry Kiefer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.703 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0703

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

The interview describes Mr. Kiefer's childhood in Krefeld, Germany, anti-Jewish persecution that began in 1933 and increased in the ensuing years, and how the Jewish community in Krefeld adapted. He discusses his father's liquidation of the family assets in order to emigrate from Germany to the United States, and their relative good fortune at emigrating early in 1938 and having the financial means to re-establish themselves in a new country. Mr. Kiefer describes the family life's in Oakland, California, attending school, being drafted and his education at the University of California. He discusses learning of the fate of many relatives on his father's side who perished during the Holocaust, and returning to Krefeld for reunions.

Interviewee
Harry Kiefer
Date
1990 November 15  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:22:42
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