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Oral history interview with Jack Weiser

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

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    Oral history interview with Jack Weiser


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Jack Weiser
    interview:  1990 April 29
    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.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

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    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Weiser, Jack, 1919-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Jack Weiser on April 29, 1990 for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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