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Oral history interview with Peter Gaspar

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.289 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0289

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    Oral history interview with Peter Gaspar


    Interview Summary
    Peter Gaspar, born on July 14, 1937 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now in Slovakia), discusses his parents Emerich and Jenny Gaspar; his childhood during the Holocaust; his affluent non-religious family; speaking Hungarian and German, and learning Slovak in school; learning Russian in high school; Josef Tiso’s brother taking the family apartment; leaving their home in 1943; the families who hid them in Bratislava and Cataj; converting to the Lutheran religion; his experiences with German and Russian officers; hiding in stables and roofs; hiding in a hole in the ground and becoming ill; his family turning themselves in to the police; the reluctance of the police to report them; his family being sent to Theresienstadt (Terezin) and being separated; the food in Theresienstadt; performing in a play; the atmosphere in the children’s home; liberation by the Russians; the typhus outbreak in Theresienstadt; returning to their home in Bratislava; learning most of his mother’s and father’s families had died in Auschwitz or other concentration camps; the arrival of communism into Czechoslovakia; his family immigrating to Melbourne, Australia via the ship Cyrenea; working for his father’s cousin in Melbourne; attending boarding school, then Melbourne High School, and then Melbourne University; marrying into a traditional Jewish family; his reflections on his childhood; and his feelings about revealing his experiences to strangers.
    Peter Gaspar
    interview:  2004 December 09

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Personal Name
    Gaspar, Peter, 1937-

    Administrative Notes

    The Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre conducted the interview with Peter Gaspar on December 9, 2004 in Melbourne, Australia. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tape of the interview in October 2006.
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