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Oral history interview with Herbert Broh

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.102 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0102

Herbert Broh, born in Berlin, Germany in 1930, relates several experiences of abusive antisemitism by his friends and his teacher as well as his impressions of Kristallnacht; his family leaving Germany for Shanghai, China in April of 1939 to join family members already living on Seward Road in the Hongkew section of Shanghai, under Japanese occupation; being enrolled in the Kadoorie School and later a cheder; his Jewish education at the cheder and the Yeshiva Katana as well as the effect of his growing orthodoxy on his life and his family; his family’s living conditions and life in Shanghai; being very happy there and being only dimly aware that other refugees had a more difficult existence; his father’s work for a Chinese factory managed by the Japanese; his mother’s work as a cook at the Komor Kindergarten; how after Pearl Harbor his family was evacuated to the Kadoorie School; the interactions between the Japanese and refugees; the events during and after the Japanese capitulation and the arrival of Chinese Nationalist and later American troops; witnessing the departure of the entire Mirrer Yeshiva to Canada in 1946; going with his family to the United States in 1947; his life in the US and his feelings about his years in Shanghai; and being a cantor in Sun City, California.

Interviewee
Hebert Broh
Date
1999 October 15  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, gift of the Holocaust Oral History Archive of Gratz College
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