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Oral history interview with Werner Ganz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1065 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1065

The interview describes Mr. Ganz's childhood in Aachen, Germany; and the persecution endured by his family after the rise to power of the Nazi party, including loss of the family business, being forced to leave school, and being the subject of physical violence at the hands of non-Jewish children. Mr. Ganz describes the family's decision to leave Germany after his father was interrogated by the Gestapo; their flight to Holland where Mr. Ganz's brother was living; and their immigration to the United States in February 1940. He discusses his education in the United States, joining the United States Army, and converting to Christianity. Mr. Ganz discusses hiding his Jewish identity from his employers, friends and his children, and grappling with survivor guilt.

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Werner Ganz
Mrs. Toby Back
interview:  1995 February 28
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 09:37:23
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