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Oral history interview with Meyer Galler

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.819 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0819

Meyer Galler was born in Bialystok, Poland in 1914. In 1933 he attended the University of Warsaw where he studied math. He graduated in 1939 and settled and worked in Lvov, where he married. After the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, Mr. Galler and his wife were separated, and he migrated through several cities in Russia, eventually working on a collective farm in Kazahstan. He was arrested in 1942 and sentenced to 10 years in a labor camp, and an additional 5 years in exile. Repatriated to Poland in 1959, Mr. Galler immigrated to the United States the next year.

Initially working as a baker in Chicago, Mr. Galler entered into a PhD program at the age of 50 in nutritional science at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated in 1964. Meyer Galler died in 2000. A scholarship fund at UC Berkeley, The Meyer Galler Scholarship Fund, provides financial assistance to deserving students in the masters and/or doctoral degree programs at the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology.

Mr. Galler was the author of two books on the Soviet prison system, "Soviet Prison Camp Speech: A Surviver's Glossary " and "Soviet Camp Speech," and a memoir, "Plowing the Steppes and Other Gulag Stories."

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Meyer Galler
Sandra Bradley
interview:  1989 December 13
Oral histories.
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 09:36:36
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