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Oral history interview with Peter Feistman

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

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.


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Interviewee
Peter Feistman
Date
interview:  2002 March 20
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (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 09:34:58
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