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Oral history interview with Herbert Prauer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.346.148 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0148

Herbert Prauer, born in 1908 in Landeshut in Schlesien, Germany (Kamienna Góra, Poland), describes his family history in Landeshut in Schlesien; his family’s shoe factory; starting elementary school in 1915 and being transferred to different schools during WWI; his non-Jewish friends; the Nazis rising to power in 1933; working in his family’s factory; his father’s death in 1933; the Nuremberg Laws; getting married in 1936 to a German Jewish girl; deciding to leave Germany in 1938 and trying to go to the United States; his sister, who went to China in 1938; visiting the US in the spring of 1938 to secure affidavits; the events leading to Kristallnacht; the events of Kristallnacht, including the destruction of the synagogue; being taken to Sachsenhausen concentration camp; his mother getting a visa to London about two weeks before the start of World War II; conditions in Sachsenhausen; being released from the camp and going to Palestine for several weeks; going to the US; settling in Chicago, IL; and joining the congregation of Ezra-Habonim, which he became president of in 1963. [Note: File three is a lower-quality duplicate of file two, but it is about six minutes longer]


Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Interviewee
Herbert Prauer
Date
interview:  1986 December 18
Language
English
Extent
2 DVDs.
 
Record last modified: 2021-03-09 08:58:00
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