Mr. Mayer’s family left Germany in 1936. The family spent several months in Belgium while his father attempted to obtain passage to the United States. They arrived in New York City in 1937, and after a few months they moved to St. Louis. Mr. Mayer graduated from Soldan High School in St. Louis, and then in 1944 he enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the Pacific Theater, and he was honorably discharged in 1949. The interview is especially rich with pre-war memories of his immediate and extended family.
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