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Oral history interview with Fred Meibergen

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.714 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0714

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Fred Meibergen, describes his childhood in Bremerhaven, Germany; the increase in existing antisemitism in Germany, and the rise of the Nazi party in Berlin. He recalls his experiences with the Nuremberg Laws, the danger he felt, and his decision to leave Germany. He describes his family's immigration to Yokohama, Japan and then to the United States in 1941. He describes his United States Army service beginning in 1942 and his experiences on the European front. Mr. Meibergen relates what he believes the U.S. Army and the German people knew about the camps as well as the emotions he experienced while visiting Bremerhaven during the war. He discusses postwar Germany, his thoughts on forgiveness, and his life since the war.

Interviewee
Fred Meibergen
Date
1989 October 24  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (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 11:22:55
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