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Oral history interview with Peter Masters

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

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    Oral history interview with Peter Masters


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Peter Masters
    Joshua Grey
    interview:  1996 April 19
    interview:  1996 April 23
    creation: Washington (D.C.)

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    2 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Masters, Peter, 1922-

    Administrative Notes

    Joshua Grey, a volunteer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch, conducted the first hour of this interview on April 19, 1996 and the second hour April 23, 1996 in Washington, DC. The interview was transfered to the Archives on April 23, 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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