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Oral history interview with Peter Ernst Feigl

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0272

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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.

Interviewee
Mr. Peter Feigl
Interviewer
Neenah Ellis
Date
1995 August 23  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection