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Oral history interview with Sidney Willig

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.25 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0025

Sidney Willig, born in New York City, NY in 1919, describes being raised in an Orthodox family; attending public school and training as a soccer player and boxer; antisemitism in the US in the 1920s and 1930s, including discrimination while searching for employment; being rejected from the Navy; antisemitic incidents in the Air Force; being a navigator in the Air Force during World War II; being shot down over the Netherlands; receiving from Dutch families and the Dutch underground from November 1944 to April 1945; his decision to continue wearing his dog tags, which displayed the Ten Commandments, until his liberation; his thoughts on the vast network of Nazi influence, because on his return to New York the Vichy consular officer in Washington, DC requested from him the names of those who had helped him in Holland; returning to New York and continuing his college studies at St. John’s, studying law on the advice of his valued teacher John Dandro; and his views on the reasons Jews have survived over the centuries.

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Sidney Willig
Bonnie Bailis
interview:  1985 May 23
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive
Record last modified: 2023-08-23 08:53:05
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