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Oral history interview with Karl Lyon

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1014 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1014

Karl Lyon discusses his childhood in Bühl, Baden, Germany; his memories of antisemitism, including the national anti-Jewish boycott in 1933, and the vandalizing of the synagogue he attended in 1935; the discrimination he experienced while attending school; his immigration to the United States in July 1937, sponsored by relatives in Kansas City, Missouri; his father's arrest and imprisonment in Dachau concentration camp during Kristallnacht in November 1938; the flight of his parents and brother from Germany to Cuba in 1939 and their arrival in the US in May 1940; being drafted into the US Army in November 1942; attaining United State citizenship during his service; his military service in Europe; his encounters with concentration camp refugees; his return to the US after the war ended; his legal education; meeting his wife and marrying in 1949; and his career and family life in San Francisco, CA.

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Karl Lyon
interview:  1991 February 26
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 09:36:58
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