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Oral history interview with Peter Ernst Feigl

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.030.0272

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    Oral history interview with Peter Ernst Feigl


    Interview Summary
    Peter Ernst Feigl, born on March 1, 1929 in Berlin, Germany, describes having a happy, comfortable childhood; leaving Berlin with his family and moving to Prague, Czech Republic, where they stayed for one year before moving to Vienna, Austria in 1937; fleeing to Brussels, Belgium after the 1938 Anschluss; his father going to Antwerp, Belgium for work but being arrested by Belgian authorities because of his German passport; discovering that his father had gone to the Caen prison camp in France; moving with his mother and sister to Paris, France but then traveling to Bordeaux because of the intense Paris bombings; facing a short internment in Gurs due to his German nationality; his mother tricking the guards to allow her and her family out of the camp; moving to Auch, France to hide in a convent and then to Condon, France, where he stayed in a summer camp; being sent to Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, receiving a false French ID card, and attending a high school in Figeac; the German invasion of Le Chambon in early May, 1944, during which he hid in a church steeple to avoid capture; crossing the border into Switzerland on May 20, 1944 and going into an internment camp; staying with one of his father's business contacts in Switzerland for the rest of the war; finding out that his parents had died in Auschwitz; and in 1946, immigrating to the United States, where he became a successful businessman.
    Mr. Peter Feigl
    Neenah Ellis
    interview:  1995 August 23
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    Gurs (Concentration camp)

    Administrative Notes

    Neenah Ellis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Peter Ernst Feigl on August 23, 1995.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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