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Oral history interview with Richard Schifter

Oral History | Accession Number: 2001.137.80 | RG Number: RG-50.010.0080

Richard Schifter, born in Vienna, Austria in 1923, describes his parents being in Lublin, Poland in the early 1940s and living in the ghetto; his immigration to the United States from Vienna in December 1938 when he was 15 years old; his parents’ failed attempts to emigrate from Vienna; finishing college and joining the US Army; being in the T-Force in the 12th Army Group; training to an interrogator at Camp Ritchie in Maryland; going to England in June 1944; arriving at Omaha Beach (Normandy, France) in August 1944; being part of the 1st Infantry Division when they took Aachen, Germany in October 1944; remaining in Aachen for the winter of 1944-1945 and living in a townhouse with his group; interrogating the civilian population and his views of the Germans in Aachen; his interactions with the German military; finding the concentration camp Nordhausen; speaking Yiddish to the inmates; the inmates’ discomfort living amongst perpetrators; the crematoriums; only seeing male inmates; being involved with the United States Holocaust Memorial Council; not experimenting antisemitism while he was in the army; his views on Judaism and Israel; his political views being shaped by his early life; learning Yiddish in New York, NY; the Jewish experience and the sources of the Holocaust; the genocide of Jews, Romanies, and Armenians; speaking with former Dora inmates during the war; and his interactions with former inmates.
[Note that the recording is damaged in part 2 from minute 8:25 to minute 21:00.]

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Schifter, Ambassador Richard
interview:  1980 May 12
creation: Washington (D.C.)
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:42:49
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