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Oral history interview with Paul Hertz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1068 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1068

Paul Hertz childhood and adulthood in Goch, Germany; losing his job as manager of a Jewish department store in Düsseldorf when Hitler came to power in 1933; moving with his wife in 1936 to find other work; his arrest in June 1938 and imprisonment in Sachsenhausen concentration camp; the conditions he endured while there; his wife's obtaining visas for them to immigrate to the United States; his release from the camp in August 1938; fleeing to Cuba with his wife in anticipation of later immigration to the United States; receiving a cable and learning that his brother had been arrested after Kristallnacht in November 1938 and was in a concentration camp; arranging for a visa for his brother; moving to the United States and settling in San Francisco, CA; and learning of the fate of family members, including both his mother and mother-in-law who were sent to Theresienstadt and died during the Holocaust.

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Paul Hertz
interview:  1989 August 01
1 videocassette (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 09:37:24
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