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Oral history interview with Paul Ryber

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.48 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0048

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    Oral history interview with Paul Ryber


    Interview Summary
    Paul Ryber, born on June 24, 1917 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now Slovakia), discusses his family, including his father Zeigman (Seigman) Rosenberger, his mother Rosa Rosenberger, and his older sister Milla Lester, his younger brother Zoltan, and his younger sister Gertrude (married to Mr. Brill and immigrated to Israel in 1939); the company that his father and uncle owned called Fisher and Grandowitz, which sold women’s clothing; working as a salesman for company; the rise of antisemitism in 1933 and how it became worse in the following years; being given an exception by ministry in 1939 to keep working because he worked at a shop owned by soccer player Dowchick (possibly Jan Dvoracek) who had connections; working until 1944 and having enough food; the German occupation of the city on September 1, 1944 and the relocation of people to Poland; leaving Bratislava in September 1944 and going without his family to Banská Bystrica, Slovakia; staying with a customer; building a bunker; meeting a Russian partisan in the fall of 1944 and hearing from him that Germans were killing all the Jews; going along with the partisan and participating in actions against the Germans; the situation getting worse and helping the American army in April 1945; returning to his house, which was occupied by a Slovak and returned to Ryber; retrieving merchandise that had been buried and beginning work again; the deaths of his parents and brother; getting married in 1945; the communist takeover and losing his business; and immigrating to Australia.
    Paul Ryber
    Annette Goldenberg
    interview:  1996 April 14

    Physical Details

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

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Ryber, Paul, 1917-

    Administrative Notes

    Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre conducted the interview on April14, 1996, in Melbourne, Australia. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum acquired the tape of the interview in July 1996.
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