Bodo Zimmermann was born in 1928 in
Berlin, Germany, and moved to Shanghai with his family in 1940 after their home and business
were confiscated by Nazi officials. The family was left destitute after the move, so at age
13 Zimmermann dropped out of school began an apprenticeship in a bakery in Shanghai. From
1942 to 1945, the family was interned by the Japanese at the Ward Road Camp. After their
release, in 1946, Zimmermann found a job as a baker working on the USS LCI 220, which was
tasked with delivering medical supplies in China. The collection consists of unpublished
memoirs, letters written by Zimmermann to friends regarding his time in China and life on
the USS LCI 220, a translation done by Zimmermann of a letter written by a family friend
regarding the Siberian Express railway in 1940, and drawings, cards, and news articles
collected or made by Zimmermann related to China.
Bodo Zimmermann was born in Berlin, Germany, on March 20th,
1928. His parents owned a successful department store, but in 1939 the store and their home
were confiscated by Nazi officials. The family planned to open a new store in China, but
after relocating to Shanghai in June of 1940 learned that the merchandise purchased with the
last of their money had also been confiscated.
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