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Oral history interview with Guenter Gruschka

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.767 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0767

Guenter Gruschka discusses his childhood in Ohlau, Germany (now Oława, Poland); his memories of Kristallnacht, when his family's store was destroyed; the family's move to Breslau (now Wrocław, Poland) in search of safety; his father's arrest and imprisonment in Buchenwald concentration camp; his father's release; his mother's success in obtaining transport to Shanghai, China and the family's flight there in 1939; the family's experiences arriving in Shanghai; his memories of a relatively happy childhood in Shanghai; his education in a Jewish school; the birth of his brother in 1941; the hardships and poverty the family endured; the family's move to La Paz, Bolivia in 1947; his bar mitzvah in San Francisco, CA, where the family stopped en route; the family's life and experiences in La Paz; their immigration to the United States in 1953; his high school education; being drafted into the US military in 1957; and marrying and becoming a citizen in 1960.


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Interviewee
Guenter Gruschka
Interviewer
Hilde Gattmann
Date
interview:  2003 November 25
Language
English
Extent
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: 2020-03-26 09:36:32
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