Register of the Fred Marcus papers

Finding aid prepared by Jill Golden
Hoover Institution Archives
434 Galvez Mall
Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305-6010
(650) 723-3563
© 2012

Title: Fred Marcus papers
Date (inclusive): 1944-1995
Collection Number: 2012C19
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English, German
Physical Description: 1 manuscript box (.4 linear feet)
Abstract: Diaries and oral history recording and transcript relating to the condition of Jews in Nazi Germany and to the Jewish refugee community in China during World War II.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Marcus, Fred,


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Fred Marcus papers, [Box Number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2012


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Biographical note

1924 Born, Berlin, Germany
1939 March Left Germany
1939 April Arrived in Shanghai
1943-1945 Shanghai Ghetto
1946-1949 Clerk, Cathay Hotel, Shanghai
1949 Emigrated to United States
1949-1969 Assistant Manager, Huntington Hotel, San Francisco
1969 BA, Hebrew Union College
1969-1981 Jewish educator, Temple Emanuel, San Jose
1974 Married Audrey Friedman
2000 Honorary Doctorate, Hebrew Union College
2002 Died, Germany
2008 Survival in Shanghai: The Journals of Fred Marcus, 1939-1949, Pacific View Press

Scope and Contents note

Diaries and oral history recording and transcript, relating to the condition of Jews in Nazi Germany, and to the Jewish refugee community in China during World War II.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Shanghai (China) History.
Shanghai (China)--History.
World War, 1939-1945 Jews.
World War, 1939-1945--China.
World War, 1939-1945--Jews.
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees.

Box 1

Diaries 1944-1947

Box 1

5 May 1944 - 9 August 1945

Box 1

10 August 1945 - 24 February 1947

Box 1

27 February 1947 - 11 November 1949


Map of Fred Marcus’s journey from Berlin to Shanghai, after 1986


Oral history file, 1986, 1995

Scope and Contents Note

Marcus describes his upbringing in Berlin, his reasons for leaving Germany, and his life in the Shanghai Ghetto during the Japanese occupation.
Box 1

Sound recording, 1986


6 compact discs
Box 1

Transcript, May 1986


Videorecordings, 25 November 1945


2 DVDs and 2 VHS videocassettes.