Safran, William and Marian

Safran, William and Marian
Safran, William, 1930- , interviewee; Safran, Marian, 1939- , interviewee; Nagel, Joan, interviewer; Bowes, Megan, videographer;
Date Recorded:
2 May 2014
Date digitized:
2 May 2014
Length of interview:
80 minutes, 21 seconds

This interview begins with Bill and Marian Safran telling about their childhood years. Bill was born in Germany in 1930, into a Modern Orthodox Jewish family. As a result, he grew up in the shadow of Nazi anti-Jewish policies and atrocities. After being deported to a Latvian ghetto, he and his family ultimately were confined to Polish concentration camps, where his father and one of his brothers died. He tells of reuniting with his mother and sister, his remaining family’s post-war journey through displaced persons camps and ultimately to the United States. Marian, on the other hand, by being born in 1939 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, had a more peaceful childhood. After marrying, the two of them moved to Boulder, where Bill taught political science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, which led to their involvement in the CU Study Abroad Program in Israel. They tell the story of having brought the first group of CU students to Jerusalem to take part in this program, and being there when the Yom Kippur War of 1973 broke out.

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Holocaust survivors
Immigrants United States Colorado
University of Colorado Foreign study
University of Colorado International education
Study Abroad Israel
Israel-Arab War (1973)
Original Format:
digital mini DV
This interview is one of a series with members of the Boulder County Jewish community.
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