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Oral history interview with Richard Schifter

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.281.10 | RG Number: RG-50.009.0010

Richard Schifter, born in Vienna, Austria in 1923, describes the antisemitism in Vienna and planning to immigrate to the United States; his Polish parents; hearing on March 11, 1938 about the German annexation of Austria; being an only child; his family waiting too long to file for an immigrant visa to the US; being eligible for a visa to the US; segregation in his school and being ignored by the non-Jewish students; attending a Jewish school; leaving Vienna in December 1938; his parents’ drug store and how they experienced antisemitic boycotts; his parents reporting to the police station on October 27, 1938 and being told to leave the country after being detained for many hours; his parents’ fates in Majdanek concentration camp; staying with his grandmother’s brother in the US; the quota system in the US; Kristallnacht; going to the US and trying to get visas for his parents, who were in Poland; entering the US Army in 1943; learning of his parents’ deaths; learning from the New York Times in 1941 about the rumors of mass killings of Jews in Europe; and present day antisemitism in Europe.

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Ambassador Richard Schifter
interview:  1990
4 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Holocaust Eyewitness Project and Edith Fierst
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 09:25:27
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