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Oral history interview with Dieter W. Bergman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.796 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0796

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Dieter W. Bergman, born in 1920 in Liepzig, Germany, discusses his Protestant father and Jewish mother, who had converted to Protestantism; the divorce of his parents when he was young; living with his father; brought up Protestant; attending high school in Liepzig; being drafted into the military in 1940; attending medical school; serving until he was forced out in 1942; being sent in 1943 to Lodz, Poland to work in a chemical and rubber plant; being transferred to Krakow, Poland and from there to labor camps in Boulogne, France to build fortifications against the eventual invasion of Allied troops (Operation Todt); being captured and imprisoned in several prisoners-of-war camps in England; continuing his medical studies in England; returning to Germany to finish his medical school education; obtaining a residency in Chicago,IL; immigrating to the United States; joining the United States Navy, serving as an obstetrician in Bremerton, WA; and moving to Northern California, where he practiced medicine for 35 years and raised two children.
Note: Dieter W. Bergman was the author of an autobiography - “Between Two Benches ” - which recounts his experiences as a mischlinge (half-Jew) during his years living in Nazi Germany. He died in 1997.

Interviewee
Dieter Bergman
Date
1996 January 04  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocassettes (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 11:24:39
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