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Bruno Miles (formerly Meyerowitz) was born in Königsberg on February 28, 1904, in an assimilated Jewish family. He attended a classical Gymnasium, then went to the University of Königsberg, where he studied medicine. He also studied in Berlin and Vienna. After passing his exams, he moved to Italy, where he worked in Palermo and Rome. Interested in tropical disease, he went to Shanghai in the mid-1930s. In Shanghai he had an office in one of the Heime for refugees. He married Melitta Sommerfreund in 1944, also a refugee from Germany, whose interview is also in this collection as Melitta Colland. They had a daughter, Asherah, in September 1945. The family left for Panama in 1947, and soon afterwards for the U.S. They later divorced. At the time of this interview, Miles lived in New York City. He died on September 21, 1992.