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Oral history interview with Erwin Friedlander

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.761 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0761

Erwin Friedlander, born May 29, 1925 in Cluj, Romania, discusses his childhood in Cluj; the family's move to Bucharest, Romania; his education in a private German Evangelical school; the antisemitism he experienced; being expelled from this school and the public school he next attended; attending a Jewish school that was closed in 1940; being able to attend a French school because he and his family were designated citizens of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia; being called to forced labor with other students in June 1941; his work locating undetonated bombs, as a courier, and in construction under the administration of the Romanian military; being able to return to his home every night; the harsh environment in the work detail; the bombing campaigns he experienced; the end of his forced labor in August 1944; his study of physics at the university; a brief imprisonment he was subjected to under the post-war Communist regime; his career as an atomic physicist; and his immigration to the United States.

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Mr. Erwin Friedlander
Peter Ryan
interview:  2003 September 07
2 videocassettes (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: 2020-03-26 09:36:31
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