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Oral history interview with Jacob Trompeter

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.103.9 | RG Number: RG-50.865.0009

Jacob Trompeter, born August 22, 1955 in Radford, VA, describes growing up in Pulaski, VA; his father’s bakery; being the only Jews in town and keeping kosher; he and his sister receiving a Jewish education at home from their father; being sent for Talmudic schooling in Baltimore, MD when he was 12, but being unhappy and returning to public school nearer home; attending New River Community College; working at a Volvo dealership for 30 years before retiring; the antisemitism he experienced growing up; his father, who was a Holocaust survivor born in Berlin, Germany on February 2, 1921 as Aharon ben Yaakov; his father’s survival of seven concentration camps (Radomysl-Wielki, Wieliczka, Mielec, Flossenbürg, Litomerice, Mauthausen, and Gusen); his father’s immigration to the US; his vivid memories of his father Max's talking to him and his two sisters directly of his Holocaust accounts when they were young; his father's nightmares; his father’s faith throughout the war; his father’s account of his survival; the death of Max’s father; the danger of children being taught to hate; and the lessons he has learned from the Holocaust.

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Jacob Trompeter
Dr. Marcia Horn
interview:  2006 December 03
1 DVD.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marcia Horn
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:39:33
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