Oral History Interview with Fred Stamm

Fred Stamm, born in Wrexen, Germany, discusses his prewar life; not experiencing antisemitism; the radical change after the rise of Hitler; the effects on his education; serving as an apprentice in a clothing store and as a cabinet maker till 1938 in Neheim (near Ruhr); being forced into a Jewish labor unit; his father's friend warning him to flee immediately after Kristallnacht; receiving papers from cousins to immigrate to the United States; leaving for the United States with his brother in November or December 1938; joining the US Air Force at the end of 1941; training in South Carolina; receiving American citizenship; serving in India and China during the war; and the deaths of his father, mother, and younger sister.

Date: 01/06/1980
Interviewer: Nora Levin
Interviewee: Fred Stamm
Language: English
Subject: Antisemitism--Germany.
Forced labor.
Holocaust survivors.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany--Personal narratives.
Jewish soldiers--United States.
Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.--Germany.
Jews, German--United States.
Kristallnacht, 1938.
Men--Personal narratives.
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Pacific Ocean.
World War, 1939-1945--China.
World War, 1939-1945--Conscript labor--Germany.
World War, 1939-1945--India.
World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish.
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees.
World War, 1939-1945--United States.
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans--United States.
Location: Wrexen, Germany
Neheim, Germany
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