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Oral history interview with Edward Picciotto

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.426 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0426

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The interview describes Mr. Picciotto's childhood in Aleppo, Syria, his experiences with antisemitism, and his education in a French school. He describes fleeing Aleppo after witnessing a murder for Haifa, Israel, his work assisting Jews escape Europe from 1932-1936, his arrest for smuggling Jews, his release, and his work with Jewish organizations. Mr. Picciotto describes moving to Kobe, Japan in 1936, then to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1938, and his experiences with antisemitism among members of the military and Nazi sympathizers in Argentina. He discusses the situation in post-World War II Argentina, the influx of Nazis fleeing Europe and attempts by Nazi supporters to hide their pro-Nazi past. Mr. Picciotto describes his moves to Milan, Italy, Mexico, England, Spain and the Phillipines before settling in San Francisco in 1959.

Interviewee
Edward Picciotto
Date
1991 October 29  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : 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: 2018-01-22 11:16:44
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