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Oral history interview with Jack Weiser

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.44 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0044

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Jack (Jacob) Weiser, born December 5, 1919 in Spisska Nova Ves, Czechoslovakia (Slovakia), discusses his family background and education; being sent to learn a trade at Lucenec, Slovakia from 1937 to 1940; remaining in Lucenec during the start of the Hungarian occupation in order to complete his apprenticeship; returning home illegally in 1940; returning to Trencin, Slovakia to work with a non-Jewish boss for two years; returning to Trencin from visiting his mother for Passover to find that he missed registering there; his boss getting him exemption documents; how, one year later, his boss went to Bratislava and got him exemption papers but eventually all exemptions ceased; Germans arriving and intensifying round-ups of the Jews; going to Bratislava with fake papers; being helped by a non-Jewish couple when there was a round-up on Rosh Hashanah in 1944; getting a job using his fake papers and staying in the job until the end of the war; losing his fake papers and having to get new ones; liberation by the Russians; starting a business; leaving Czechoslovakia illegally when the communist regime began tightening restrictions; staying in Vienna, Austria for a six months before getting a permit; and leaving for Australia.

Interviewee
Jack Weiser
Date
1990 April 29  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette.
Credit Line
Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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