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Oral history interview with Herbert Prauer

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

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    Oral history interview with Herbert Prauer


    Interview Summary
    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]
    Herbert Prauer
    interview:  1986 December 18
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

    Physical Details

    2 DVDs.

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Prauer, Herbert.

    Administrative Notes

    The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (now Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) donated the interview with Herbert Prauer to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in December 1989. A higher resolution version was received by the Museum in October 2016.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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