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Oral history interview with Henry Deutsch

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.311 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0311

Henry Deutsch (né Heinrich Yuri Deutsch), born on May 28, 1919 in Vienna, Austria, describes living in a wealthy family with a mother and three brothers (Arthur, Vera, and Herbert); his father, who was an heir to a textile business that had been passed on in his family for several generations; taking responsibility for the family business when his father died; his mother, Vilma, who was an owner of a club (the club featured the card game bridge, and his mother was a very good bridge player); being raised a secular Jew and being proud to be Austrian; experiencing antisemitism as a child, particularly in the scouts; his thoughts on the differences between patriotism and nationalism; partaking in several violent protests in support of Austria’s freedom from the Nazi regime; the Anschluss in 1938 and beginning to fear for his life; witnessing more open antisemitism in Vienna; Nazi troops ransacking their home; attempting to flee to Hungary, United States, and Uruguay along with his mother and being rejected; the arrest and imprisonment of two of his siblings, Vera and Arthur; booking transport with his mother to Panama; staying in Panama, getting a job, and making a decent living; his mother, who started a restaurant in Panama; learning Spanish and Yiddish; going to Chicago, IL after the war and reuniting with his brother Arthur; and moving to California.

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Henry Deutsch
Jill Nierman
Eric Saul
interview:  1991 November 21
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:33:44
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