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Oral history interview with William Perl

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0466 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0443

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    Oral history interview with William Perl


    Interview Summary
    William Perl, born in 1906 in Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), discusses growing up in Vienna, Austria; his early involvement with the Zionist movement; antisemitism that he experienced in Vienna; participating in a Jewish student fraternity as a law student at the University of Vienna; hearing Ze'ev Jabotinsky speak at a conference in 1935; his activities promoting Zionism in the Jewish community in Vienna; organizing illegal immigrations to Palestine for Jews in Vienna in 1936; the Anschluss in 1938 and the desire of many Austrian Jews to leave the country; meeting with Adolf Eichmann to represent the Revisionists in Vienna; his trip to Berlin to try to obtain permission from German authorities for Jews to emigrate from Austria; a raid on his offices by the Gestapo; his arrest and release from prison; getting a visa for Great Britain and settling in London; returning to Europe to continue helping Jews flee from the Germans; Jewish refugees arriving from all over Europe to escape; his arrest in Greece and deportation to Germany; his attempted suicide and escape from deportation; the help of a Franciscan monk who obtained a visa for him to Portugal; traveling from country to country; immigrating to the United States; his wife's arrest in Austria and imprisonment in the Ravensbrück concentration camp; his service in the US Army in military intelligence; interrogating prisoners of rank for war crime trials in England; and reuniting with his wife after World War II.
    William Perl
    Mr. Scott Miller
    interview:  1996 September 10
    interview:  1996 October 07

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    5 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Perl, William R.
    Corporate Name
    Betar United States. Army

    Administrative Notes

    Scott Miller, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with William Perl on October 7, 1996.
    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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