Hans Georg Teepe was born in Essen, Germany in 1935. Teepe was a child in Germany during World War II. He spent most of his childhood away from his family due to the Kinderlandverschieckung program, which took children to the countryside to be safe from bombings. In his childhood, Teepe was also involved with the Hitler Youth. After the war he moved to Canada, and then to California, where he has lived ever since.
Teepe's oral history interview was conducted by Valeria Arias for the "From Hitler's Europe to the Golden State" project on March 14, 2015.