Ernest Glaser was born Ernst Adolf Berthold Glaser on March 2, 1924 in Berlin. In 1939, his family left Germany to escape the Nazis and attempted to immigrate to the United ​States, but the family ended up in Shanghai, China. The Glasers thought that they would only be in Shanghai for a year at most, but ended up staying for eight years, until 1947, when they left for the United States. There, Ernest and his family settled in San Francisco. Later, he married, raised a family, and became the president of Avoset Food Corporation.

Explore Ernest’s experiences during the Holocaust, in Shanghai, and more in this Museum program presented in partnership with Shanghai Ark.

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Stories Survive is made possible by the Goldie & David Blanksteen Foundation.