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Oral history interview with Werner Goldschmidt

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.912 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0912

Werner Goldschmidt discuss his childhood in Frankfurt, Germany; his father's death in 1935 and the family's move to an uncle's home; the increasing antisemitism under the Nazi regime; his mother's application for visas; the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938, including the arrest of his brother and uncle and their incarceration in Buchenwald; his brother's immigration to the United States; the escalating anti-Jewish violence he experienced; leaving Germany with his mother in August 1940, and their long journey, beginning in Berlin, traveling through Vilna, Minsk and Moscow, where they embarked on the Trans-Siberian Railroad ending in Harbin, Manchuria and then to Korea, Japan and Honolulu, Hawaii; their arrival in San Francisco, CA in October 1940; being reunited with his brother; enrolling in school; being drafted into the United States Army in 1944 after his graduation from high school; his military service in the Philippines and Japan; Mr. Goldschmidt describes his post-war experiences, including his occupations, marriage and family life.

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Werner Goldschmidt
Hilde Gattmann
interview:  2004 April 20
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 09:36:52
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