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Oral history interview with Leo Diamantstein

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1263.7 | RG Number: RG-50.166.0007

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Joseph Leo Diamantstein, born in Heidelberg, Germany on December 1, 1924, discusses his Polish parents; being the youngest of four children; his childhood in Frankfurt, Germany; his experiences with antisemitism and the Hitler youth; his father’s desire to emigrate in 1934; his family's move to Milan, Italy to escape antisemitism in Germany; attending a Jewish school for a year; the Alliance between Italy and Germany; being treated well by the Italians; the arrest of foreign Jews in September 1939; his family's arrest and imprisonment in Ferramonti concentration camp in Italy; life in the camp; his family’s transfer to a small town, Arsiero, for internment; the other Jewish families in Arsiero; going to Milan to buy a machine; the ousting of Mussolini in July 1943 and the German takeover; hiding in the mountains with Righteous Gentiles; going with his family to Milan; the bombing of Milan; his family’s contact with the Italian underground; escaping to Switzerland through the Alps and their experience at the border; being sent to a labor camp in Lugano, Switzerland near the German border; their life in Italy after the war; moving to South Carolina in 1967 and becoming a teacher at Furman University; and his reflections on the Holocaust.

Interviewee
Leo Diamantstein
Date
1991 October 03  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videotape reels (1" Type C) : sound, color ; 1 in..