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Title: Bodo Zimmermann Papers, 1996-2003Save to your list.
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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 The collection consists of unpublished memoirs, letters written by Zimmermann to friends regarding his time in China and life on the USS LCI 220, a translation done by Zimmermann of a letter written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.
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