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Oral history interview with Fred Wittner

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1993.A.0094.44 | RG Number: RG-50.150.0044

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    Oral history interview with Fred Wittner

    Overview

    Interview Summary
    Fred Wittner, born in 1913 in Berlin, Germany, describes working for a large coal mining corporation after finishing school; not experiencing antisemitism at work in the early 1930s; the relations between Jews and non-Jews at his school in western Berlin; participating in a Jewish youth group; the rise in antisemitism; his father’s business, reluctance to emigrate, and participation in WWI; joining a Zionist youth group (Hechalutz) and his desire to emigrate; quitting his job; being sent by the Hachshara to Denmark in 1935; going to Sweden, where his brother joined him; his older brother going to Israel; going to Argentina, where he lived on a farm in a Jewish colony; education and medical care in the colony; living in the colony for one and a half years; getting a job in a tree nursery; living in Buenos Aires until 1953; life under the Peron administration; going to the United States in 1953; his last correspondence with his parents, who died during the Holocaust; working and living in New York, NY, where one of his brothers lived; visiting Germany and Austria with his wife; his thoughts on modern Jewish politicians; and the biggest adjustments he had to make after he moved to the US.
    Interviewee
    Fred Wittner
    Interviewer
    Rosalyn Manowitz
    Date
    interview:  1978 January 08

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Extent
    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Wittner, Fred, 1913-
    Corporate Name
    Hechalutz (Organization)

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The interview with Fred Wittner was conducted by Rosalyn Manowitz on January 8, 1978. Rosalyn Manowitz wrote an account of the experiences of survivors who were members of the Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation for distribution to its members. The interview was given to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on October 13, 1993.
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