Harry Burger, 1944
Harry Burger - Date Unknown
Harry Burger was born on May 10, 1924 in Vienna, Austria. The Burger family was affluent and lived a comfortable life until 1938 when Germany annexed Austria, and the German Nuremberg laws were put into effect. Harry's family escaped into France, hoping to flee Nazi persecution. However, their plans were dashed when France was conquered by Germany in 1940. Harry's father was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. Meanwhile, Harry and his mother were moved to a makeshift ghetto in Nice, France. Their one stroke of luck was that the Italian Army, which was not abusive to Jews, occupied Nice. When the Italians left France, Harry, his mother, and 700 other Jews followed them into Italy. When they arrived at an Italian fort, Harry learned that the Nazis were en route to collect the Jews. Harry and his mother escaped capture, while more than 350 of the others were taken by the Nazis.
After the war, Harry was reunited with his mother and returned to France. He stayed in France for five years, working as a photographer. In 1950, Harry immigrated to the United States, eventually finding photography work with two prominent television networks. Harry has one child and four grandchildren.