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Oral history interview with Peter Masters

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0125 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0024

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Peter Masters (né Peter Arany), born February 5, 1922, in Vienna, Austria, describes his prewar life in Vienna; his Viennese mother and Hungarian father; his escape to Britain after the Anschluss in 1938; his family’s internment as “friendly aliens;” his family’s reclassification as enemy aliens in Britain; his experiences volunteering for special hazardous duty in Britain and being assigned the 3rd Group, 10th Commando, an elite paratroop unit mostly consisting of Jewish or political refugees; his identity being anglicized for his protection; his work to petition for the recognition of Austrians who perished fighting the Nazis; his many family members who perished during the war; and his 1997 book, Striking back: A Jewish commando’s war against the Nazis, which he wrote as a counterpoint to the idea the Jews did not fight back during the Holocaust.

Interviewee
Peter Masters
Interviewer
Joshua Grey
Date
1996 April 19  (interview)
1996 April 23  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 sound cassettes (74 min.).
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:46:34
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