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Oral history interview with Robert Fisch

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0126.13 | RG Number: RG-50.156.0013

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    Oral history interview with Robert Fisch


    Interview Summary
    Robert O. Fisch, M.D. (né Moshe Bear ben Shlomo Fisch), born on June 12, 1925 in Budapest, Hungary, discusses his Polish father, Zoltan; his mother Irene Mannheim; his grandfather, who was a poultry wholesaler and the builder/founder of a synagogue; being raised observant, but not keeping kosher; his Jewish and non-Jewish friends; his nanny, Anna, who was an important person in his life and his mother during the war; his brother who studied in Switzerland during the war; the German takeover of Hungary in early 1944; having to wear a yellow star and knowing that Jews from the countryside were being deported; being sent to a work camp on June 5, 1944; his parents and other Jews being put in a ghetto in Budapest; being taken to another camp in January 1945 on the Austrian border, where he dug ditches until a typhoid epidemic struck; the shooting of 20 people who had been in the camp’s hospital; being forced to march to Graz with other inmates, some of whom were shot along the way; going to Mauthausen, where he lived in a tent; being moved to Gunskirchen; staying in overcrowded barracks, where many died of suffocation; standing in formation six hours a day; being liberated by the US Army in early May 1945; being taken to a US Army hospital; returning to Budapest and reuniting with his mother; his father’s death during the war; attending medical school in Communist Hungary; the immigration of his mother and brother to Israel; leaving Hungary after the 1956 Revolution; going to New York, NY with the help of HIAS in Austria; and settling in Minneapolis, MN.
    Robert Fisch
    Rhoda G. Lewin
    interview:  1986 February 15

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    2 sound cassettes (90 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Fisch, Robert.

    Administrative Notes

    The interview with Robert Fisch was conducted by Rhoda G. Lewin on February 15, 1986 as part of a Holocaust oral history project sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council, Anti-Defamation League of Minnesota and the Dakotas. The interview was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in October 1992.
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