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Oral history interview with Jack Steinberger

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2017.212.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0938

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    Oral history interview with Jack Steinberger


    Interview Summary
    Jack Steinberger, born Hans Jakub Steinberger on May 25, 1921 in Bad Kissingen, Germany, discusses his parents and two brothers; his family’s history in Bavaria; his father’s work as the synagogue’s cantor; the Jewish community in Bad Kissingen; the town of Bad Kissingen; the synagogue’s destruction during Kristallnacht; living in a Gemeindehaus, a house his family shared with two other families involved in the religious activities of the synagogue; growing up in a religious, Orthodox family; experiencing antisemitism in Germany; arriving in Chicago, Illinois when he was twelve years old and experiencing antisemitism; his father’s service in World War I; his father’s education at a Jewish seminary and his mother’s university education; attending school in Bad Kissingen; having non-Jewish friends; his aunts and uncles; Hitler’s influence on German culture even before coming to power; seeing parades of Sturmabteilung (SA) members; how a large portion of his classmates were members of the Hitler Youth and the League of German Girls; his parents’ decision to send him to the United States shortly after Hitler became Chancellor in 1933; leaving for the United States with his older brother with the help of the German Jewish Children's Aid organization; the journey by ship from Bremen, Germany; living with separate foster families outside of Chicago; attending school and its differences with school in Germany; attending the same school as his brother; learning English; his foster father signing an affidavit for his parents’ and younger brother’s visas to the United States; his parents’ purchase of and work at a deli in Chicago; and attending the University of Chicago and studying physics.
    Jack Steinberger
    Ina Navazelskis
    interview:  2017 January 12

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    Steinberger, Jack.

    Administrative Notes

    Ina Navazelskis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview by telephone with Dr. Jack Steinberger on January 12, 2017.
    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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