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Oral history interview with Peter Flusser

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.405 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0405

Peter Flusser, born on July 3, 1930 in Vienna, Austria, discusses attending a private school in Vienna until the age of seven; his non-practicing Jewish father, who worked in textiles before the war, and his Protestant mother, who held a high position at a bank; being raised as a Lutheran and never considering himself Jewish; his entire family leaving Vienna before the Anschluss and moving to Prague (his family still had Czech citizenship); his parent’s separation and going with his mother to Shanghai, China, where a cousin already lived; his younger sister Susan, who was two years old at the time, staying in Prague with his father; passing through Paris, Colombo, Saigon, and Hong Kong on the way to Shanghai; his father and sister arriving in Shanghai in 1941; his mother remarrying; the Japanese requiring his family to move to the Hongkou district ghetto; attending St. Francis Xavier College outside the district; how his home was destroyed during an American bombing of the nearby Japanese Naval Headquarters; being injured in the rubble and having his leg amputated after gangrene developed from his wounds; applying for a visa to the United States at the end of the war; traveling to the US in 1947; his mother, sister, and stepfather living in a German displaced persons camp until their US Visa application was approved a year later; his father and his new wife settling in Vancouver; attending Columbia University until 1955 when his future wife convinced him to finish his studies in Kansas; finishing his doctorate; having four children; and teaching mathematics at a private college in Kansas.

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Peter Flusser
interview:  2002 April 22
1 videocassette (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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