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Oral history interview with Samuel Barasch

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.994 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0994

Samuel Barasch discusses his childhood in Galicia, Poland; his memories of World War I; leaving home in 1919 to join his brother in Vienna, Austria; his marriage in 1933; working with his wife in a garment factory; the birth of their son in 1937; the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany in March 1938 (the Anschluss); the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938, including his brother's arrest and incarceration in Dachau; his own failed attempt to flee to Switzerland; his decision with his wife to leave Germany; being smuggled over the border into Belgium; attempting to start a new life in Antwerp; the invasion of Belgium by Nazi Germany in 1940; their flight to France and return to Belgium after the invasion of France; their move to Brussels; being hidden with his wife in a the basement of two non-Jewish sisters, where they remained for the final two years of the war; their son being placed in a Catholic orphanage; their liberation; the challenges they faced finding their son after the war ended; their reunion with their son; their immigration to the United States in 1948; and their post-war life in San Francisco, CA.

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Samuel Barasch
interview:  1990 November 13
2 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 09:36:57
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