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Oral history interview with Norbert V. Hilsberg

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2002.146 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0155

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    Oral history interview with Norbert V. Hilsberg


    Interview Summary
    Norbert Hilsberg, born on September 3, 1914 in Vienna, Austria, describes his family; graduating college and serving in the Austrian military for three months; starting the forms to immigrate to the United States after the Anschluss; his parents’ immigration to Cuba, where they stayed until April 1941, when they attained visas for the United States; receiving his visa in June 1938 and traveling to the United States; living with his uncle in Philadelphia, PA when he arrived; learning about the invasion of Poland; working in the advertising department of the Litz department store in Philadelphia; volunteering for the US Army in February 1941; getting sent to an engineering camp, where he made maps; the attachment of his outfit to the general headquarters in DC; being forced to remain in the US when his unit went abroad because he was not yet eligible for his American citizenship; receiving his citizenship in April 1943 and working on plans for the invasion of southern France and Austria; living in North Africa for nearly a year; being sent to Hawaii; leaving the army in 1945; accepting a job with the war department; and settling in Washington, DC with his family.
    Mr. Norbert V. Hilsberg
    Esther Finder
    interview:  2002 August 12
    creation: Rockville (Md.)

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Hilsberg, Norbert V.

    Administrative Notes

    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum oral history volunteer interviewer Esther Finder conducted the interview with Norbert Hilsberg on August 12, 2002 in Rockville, MD.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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