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Oral history interview with William Pels

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.39 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0039

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William Pels discusses his prewar experiences in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; his memories of the German invasion of Holland in 1940; the changes that he witnessed during the occupation; witnessing the arrest and deportation of Jews; the German raids on homes to find hidden Jews; his own close call with deportation; moving to Vienna, Austria in 1942 to work in a hotel; his experiences with wartime Vienna; the bombing campaign by the Soviets in March 1945; travelling into Hungary, where he remained until May 1945; his postwar activities; working for the United States Army; working in a former concentration camp (likely Mauthausen); returning to Holland; marrying his wife in Great Britain; immigrating to the United States in 1957; and his life in America.

Interviewee
William Pels
Interviewer
Lyssa Friedman
Date
1992 May 26  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 13:57:51
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