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Oral history interview with Leopold Sommerfeld

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.553.12 | RG Number: RG-50.998.0012

Leopold Sommerfeld, born in 1926 in Gothenburg, Sweden, discusses the Jewish community in Gothenburg; the presence of Swedish Nazis in Gothenburg during the 1930s and WWII; growing up in Olivedal, a working-class area in Gothenburg; attending a regular Swedish public school; his parents, who were orthodox Jews from Grajewo, Poland; not being aware of the persecution of European Jews when he was a child; helping Jews who arrived in Sweden from camps in Germany; meeting his future wife who was a survivor; his belief that his experiences during these years strengthened his Jewish identity; and his identity as a Jew in Sweden rather than a Jewish Swede.


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Interviewee
Leopold Sommerfeld
Interviewer
Carolyn Östberg
Date
interview:  2018 May 09
Geography
creation: Goteborg (Sweden)
Language
Swedish
Extent
1 digital file : MP4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
 
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 14:35:17
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