Harvey Moser was born in Freiburg, Germany in 1928. He left for France with his brother after Kristallnacht in November 1938. One year later he and his family were passengers on the ship St. Louis, which went from France to Cuba. After the St Louis was denied entry to Cuba, he and his family returned to Europe on the St. Louis. They arrived in Belgium in June 1939 and from there went to France, where they lived for the next year.
On May 13, 1940 they arrived in New York City on one of the last French boats to leave France for the United States during World War II. The boat was sunk by a German U-boat while it was returning to France.
Dr. Moser, a retired dermatologist, is a member of the Speakers Bureau of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.