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Oral history interview with Gary Rosenthal

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.250.21 | RG Number: RG-50.882.0021

Gary Rosenthal, born in Vienna, Austria in 1933, describes his father, who was a publisher of a pharmaceutical magazine; the Anshluss in 1938; life changing dramatically for the Jews after the Nazis took over; his parents having different opinions about what to do before the Anshluss: his father wanting to stay and his mother wanting to leave; how after the Anshluss all the Jews wanted to leave, but nobody at that time had any idea what was about to happen to the Jews in Europe; his parents writing to strangers and relatives with the name Rosenthal and Blaustein (his mother’s maiden name) in order to find someone to help them leave Austria; getting help to go to the United States; his family leaving in September 1938 and boarding the SS Washington; crossing the Atlantic; and arriving in the US on October 8, 1938.

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Gary Rosenthal
Esther Finder
interview:  2014 July 16
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Toporek Finder
Record last modified: 2020-07-27 15:22:22
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