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Oral history interview with Flora Rojchin

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.145 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0577

Flora Rojchin, born on October 30, 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, describes being married to Jose Rojchin, who was born on November 21, 1928, passed away in 2009, and was an optometrist; her two daughters, who live in the United States; living in the US; how she and her husband had an optical store and office in the suburbs of Buenos Aires; her husband speaking German very well and being very appreciated by his German clientele because of that; their store, which also carried a large section of photographic equipment and medical accessories, opened in 1953, and was located in the suburbs, in Vicente Lopez-Olivos; their two employees and store hours; how the majority of their clients were non-Jewish Germans; how most of the stores there catered to the German population; how around 1959-1960 a group of men identified themselves as representatives of either the Wiesenthal Center or the Mossad; Jose checking the their identification with the local Jewish Agency and being told to give them all the documents and information they were asking for; antisemitism in Argentina; how many of the Jews in Argentina were not religious but very Zionist; belonging to Zionist organizations; providing information to the investigator on one of their clients, Ricardo Clement, who was an amateur photographer with a heavy German accent; finding out later that Ricardo Clement was actually Adolph Eichmann; her husband being threatened three months after Eichmann’s trial and advised by the Jewish Agency to leave Argentina; Jose moving to Israel in 1964, while Flora stayed behind with their daughters and to liquidate everything; going to Israel in 1965; moving to the US in 1967 after the war; living in New Jersey and Jose being elected the president of B’nai Brith; their daughters finally understanding why they left Argentina; the rabbi of a synagogue in Fort Lauderdale, FL encouraging her to leave a testimony of their story; and further details on Eichmann’s capture and the role a family friend, Dr. Herscovici, played.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Flora Rojchin
Jaime Monllor
interview:  2010 July 01
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 09:25:34
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