Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Joseph Gringlas - January 14 & 22, March 18, 1993



After my daughter got married to him, he, he, he's graduated law from Columbia and he--and then he was eh, assigned to work and they moved to Washington, after they got married. And he was working the Justice Department. The Justice Department asked him why don't you work, they said this special, special eh, for the Nazis. So he was assigned to work in Justice Department, special eh, special for taking eh, checking on the Nazis, what they did when they emigrated to the United States as citizens, as uh, norm...people lived, nothing to do with the war.


And they and they were Nazis. So they uh, this, he was assigned to their group, checking out those people eh, for the Justice Department working. So this was big feeling. And sometimes he came to Detroit. He had to interview Nazis downtown. And I said, "Joel, let, let me interview them. I'll do the job better than you can do." It was a good feeling that he worked for that, that cause of that. And then eh, he was living in Washington, then he had some friends, some college friends, they had a business, Susque...Susquehanna in Philadelphia and they asked him to move to Philadelphia and join, join this, law...lawyer from this...

Susquehanna's in Binghamton.

Binghamton, yeah.

Binghamton, New York, Susquehanna River.

Yeah, so.

But what and what does Larry do?

Larry was, Larry joined too with the group. He worked in New York for commodities.

Is he also a lawyer? Is he a lawyer?

Yeah, no, no eh, no.

Joel's the lawyer.

Joel's the lawyer...

And Larry.

...for the company. And eh, my, my bro...my, my son's, my son eh, joined the group eh, the company and worked in New York. So then now eh, not long ago they assigned him to, to London. I mean mostly working out monetary of the int...international, different money uh, the monetary, with the, connected with bank from--in Lon...London. And eh, he's quite a guy, eh. I remember when I came to New York was when he was wenting to school in Columbia. And he, doing a small place there, it was expen...very expensive. And it was all the books like a library. And he's reading about--a lot of the Holocaust books, you know, we had uh, so he got the knowledge for that. I guess because of me.

Let me ask you just finally...


...what you think all this has done to your life.

What it has done? Uh, get depressed a lot of times. Not recently, but most of the time getting, in the Holidays comes all, you know, like changing seasons. Get depressed. It's uh, it's a bad, it's a lonely feeling. Especially Holidays. Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, it comes, come back. It did uh, I think it did a lot in life. I don't think people going through to be like everything, nothing happened, they would be not human being. There feelings there is that we went through hell.

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