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Oral history interview with Rabbi Samuel Graudenz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.946 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0946

Rabbi Graudenz discusses his childhood in Fulda, Germany; his Polish parents; his impoverished childhood; being sent to an orphanage in Dinslaken, Germany; his positive experiences in the orphanage which was directed by Dr. Leopold Rothschild; his rabbinical training in Frankfurt; the restrictions of his freedom because of anti-Jewish laws; his involvement in the Zionist youth movement; his further rabbinical training in Poland and then Berlin, Germany; his arrest in October 1938 while visiting his former orphanage; his expulsion from Germany because of his Polish citizenship; moving to Poland; being forced out because of his Jewish practices; fleeing to Vilnius, Lithuania, where he obtained a visa to Japan signed by Chiune Sugihara; his trans-Siberian journey to Japan; sacrificing his violin to pay for the ticket; and his move to Shanghai, China, where he lived until emigrating to the United States in January 1947 with his wife.

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Samuel Graudenz
Sandra Bendayan
interview:  1995 March 21
interview:  1996 June 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 09:36:55
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