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Oral history interview with Paul F. Halpern

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.358 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0602

Paul Felix Halpern, born November 29, 1932 in Vienna, Austria, discusses growing up in a wealthy household; how his family only recognized high Jewish holidays; the Nazi rise to power in Austria and its effect on his family; his Catholic nanny who had to quit working for the family; his mother’s arrest and detention in a Vienna prison; how his former nanny visited and cared for his mother in prison; how his maternal grandparents immigrated to the United States in 1938 or 1939; how his grandmother arranged for him and his sister to be on the Kindertransport to England; living in Bunscourt, England and then in London; leaving England with his sister on a ship bound for the United States, but instead arriving in Montreal, Canada; how his grandparents took care of him and his sister in the United States; how he and his sister sponsored his parents immigration to Portugal and then to the United States; how his father returned to Austria, postwar, to rebuild his factory; his military service in Vietnam; how his family never spoke about their experiences during the Holocaust; his master’s degree in public relations; memories of childhood friends, including professional tennis player Renee Richards and director Mike Nichols; his close relationship with his grandchildren; his anger towards Austria and towards immigrants who speak poorly about the United States; and his views on contemporary acts of genocide.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Mr. Paul F. Halpern
Julia Danilina
interview:  2010 October 16
3 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:23:28
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