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Martin Friedlander was born in 1913. He left Berlin for Shanghai in April, 1939, on a German ship. He worked supplying food to the Jewish camp kitchens in Hongkew, as a parachute rigger for the American Army, and as an interior decorator. Susie Friedlander left Berlin with her parents in March, 1939, at the age of 14, and sailed to Shanghai from Genoa on the Conte Biancomano. She worked as a nanny and in an American PX. They met in Shanghai after the war and were married after coming to the United States in 1949. They now live in Florida.