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Oral history interview with Hans Shaper

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1777 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1777

Hans Shaper discusses his childhood in Essen and Dreisen, Germany; his memories of antisemitism after Hitler's rise to power; being forced to abandon his plans to study law; his work as an apprentice at his father's company in Hanau, Germany; his marriage in 1938; his memories of Kristallnacht in November 1938; being warned in advance by communist employees of the upcoming pogrom; his arrest in Frankfurt on November 10; his imprisonment and his release; traveling to England via Holland to stay with relatives in London in preparation for his immigration with his wife to the United States; his voyage by sea to San Francisco, CA; adjusting to life in the United States; his US Army service in the Pacific theater; and his business, career, and family life.

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Hans Shaper
interview:  1993 November 11
3 sound recording : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties