Ralph Romberg

Date: July 29, 2008
Jason Ferreria, Carol Sukoneck, Piya Kashyap, Craig Miller, Allegra Molineaux (adult eductators attending the 2008 Digital Oral History Workshop), with Howard Levin

Born in Essen, Germany in 1931, Ralph Romberg recalls his memories as a young Jewish boy growing up in Nazi Germany. He has vivid memories of the Hitler Youth in his school, the rise of anti-Semitic laws and actions against the Jews, and the anti-Jewish riots of Kristalnacht in November, 1938. Soon afterwards, Romberg escaped with most of his family on one of the last boats out of Germany, living for a time as a refugee in Cuba before coming to America in 1940. He traveled back to Germany as a soldier in the U.S. Army. Romberg lived and worked as an executive in the fashion industry New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, and Los Angeles. He now lives in San Francisco where he teaches at the Fashion Institute and serves on the city's Economic Development Commission.