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Oral history interview with Willie Berg

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

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    Oral history interview with Willie Berg


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Willie Berg
    Meta J. Jacoby
    interview:  1999 October 15
    creation: Philadelphia (Pa.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (90 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Berg, Willie.
    Corporate Name
    HIAS (Agency) Israel. Army

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive donated the interview to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2017.
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