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Oral history interview with Willie Berg

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.165 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0165

Willie Berg, born on December 10, 1926 in Berlin, Germany, discusses his experiences with antisemitism in pre-war Germany; leaving on Kristallnacht; the difficult and physically invasive border checks done by the German guards and his Polish mother having difficulties with the guards; sailing from Genoa, Italy on the “SS Conte Biancamano”; going to Shanghai, China; conditions in the Hongkou District of Shanghai and the black market there; life during the Japanese occupation; the Shanghai Jewish School; receiving help from HIAS; the difficulty leaving Shanghai after the war; leaving just before Chinese Cultural Revolution; arriving in Israel 1949 and serving in the army; and immigrating to the United States in 1954.


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Interviewee
Berg, Willie
Interviewer
Jacoby, Meta Joy
Date
interview:  1999 October 15
Geography
creation: Philadelphia (Pa.)
Extent
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive