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Oral history interview with Walter Frank

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.816 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0816

Walter Frank was born Walter Fackenheim in May 1920 in Wiesbaden, Germany. His father was a physician and his mother was a homemaker. Mr. Frank was educated in Wiesbaden and, unable to continue on to college due to antisemitism in Nazi Germany, worked as a commercial apprentice and attended commercial training school. After the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938 and the arrest and imprisonment in Buchenwald of himself and his father, the Fackenheim family fled Germany for Shanghai, China.

While in Shanghai, Mr. Frank worked as a clerk in a laundry and became involved with a relief committee established by Hungarian diplomat Paul Komor - The International Committee for the Organization of European Immigrants in China. Mr. Frank's father died in 1943, and his mother died in September 1945. After the end of World War II, Mr. Frank and his brother Eric worked for the Shanghai air transport field which was under the control of American troops.

In 1947, Mr. Frank and his brother immigrated to the United States, and changed their names from Fackenheim to Frank. Mr. Frank became an accountant. He met and married his wife Ida Katz in 1948 and they had two sons.

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Walter Frank
interview:  1990 May 15
interview:  1990 June 14
interview:  1990 July 24
Oral histories.
3 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 09:36:36
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