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Oral history interview with Peter Feistman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.404 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0404

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Peter Feistman, born on September 26, 1923 in Munich, Germany, describes being the only child of two wealthy Jewish parents, Fritz F. Feistman and Else Kahn Feistman, who owned a successful business supplying hops to local breweries; becoming aware of Nazi activity and talking at family dinners about leaving Germany; his Aunt Marie committing suicide after the German doctor to whom she was married died; his memories of Kristallnacht and how it was the catalyst for his decisions to leave Germany; going to England in July 1939 on a Kindertransport; his parents fleeing soon after; attending school at the McCooley House located in Sussex, England; being moved to another school called Athelstaan; being sent to a camp on the Isle of Man when he turned 16 years old; remaining in the camp for one month and then being transferred to Camp Hay in Australia; being misclassified as a German POW; being provided only the minimum care required by the Red Cross for housing POWs; living in the camp for three years; the local Quakers bringing in food and clothing; an English major discovering the misclassification in 1943 and giving the detainees various options; deciding to enlist in the Australian Army; going to New York, NY after the war and reuniting with his parents; joining his parents in the hotel business; briefly returning to Munich in 1952 for restitution purposes; traveling to Peru, where he met his wife Karen circa 1948; his daughter; moving to California in 1954; buying and operating a hotel in Watsonville, CA until 1979; and settling in Santa Cruz, CA in 1979.

Interviewee
Peter Feistman
Date
2002 March 20  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-03-14 15:59:33
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