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Oral history interview with Claus Shelling

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.736 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0736

Claus Shelling discusses his childhood in Breslau, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland); his assimilated family life; his education in a Catholic school; the changes he experienced after the rise of the Nazi Party, including increased antisemitism; his experiences on Kristallnacht, including the moment when one of the nuns took him by train to meet his parents in Berlin, Germany rather than letting him go home that night; living with his family in Berlin until they were able to leave in March 1939; the journey through Hamburg, Germany to London, England by airplane, then on a freighter to the United States; his life as a young immigrant in San Francisco, CA; the discrimination he experienced as a German; his efforts to assimilate into American culture; and his life after the war, his work, his family, and his journey to visit his hometown in 1978.

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Claus Shelling
Sandra Bendayan
interview:  1991 December 11
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: 2020-07-08 14:55:24
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