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Oral history interview with Fred Deutsch

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0025 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0034

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Fred Deutsch, born on November 13, 1932 in Czechoslovakia, discusses his pre-war family life; his experiences as a hidden child in Czechoslovakia; his experiences in a Catholic orphanage shortly after liberation; returning home and joining boy scout organization; his family moving to Znojmo, Czech Republic; antisemitism in Czechoslovakia; moving to Israel to escape communism; living on a kibbutz in Israel; being drafted into the Israeli Army; returning to Czechoslovakia for his mother’s funeral; communism in Czechoslovakia; his feelings towards Israel; how the world changed after the Holocaust; immigrating to the United States; post-war family relations; moving to New Jersey; living with his uncle and finishing his education; his views on the United States; meeting his wife and getting married; starting a family; his views on affirmative action; working for the American government; antisemitism in the American Civil Service; moving to Maryland; his feelings on being an American citizen; and how memories of his experiences during the Holocaust have affected his life.

Interviewee
Fred Deutsch
Date
1999 January 19  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
5 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation