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Gerard Bigus was born in Berlin. His family owned a gentlemen's outfitting store, which was destroyed in the night of November 9-10, 1938. He was fourteen years old when his family left Berlin in April 1939, and took passage on the "Conte Rosso" to Shanghai. There Bigus became an apprentice in the radio trade, passed his journeyman's exam, and worked in radio repair. His father died just before the war ended. After the war, Bigus worked for the U.S. Army as a warehouseman and for a hospital as a stock clerk. In December 1948 he and his mother sailed for Israel on the "Wooster Victory." There he served in the army. In 1958 they moved to the United States. Gerard Bigus lives in California with his wife, also a Shanghailander.