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Oral history interview with Felix Brown

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.5 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0005

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

Felix Brown (né Braun), born in Vienna, Austria, describes his father’s apprenticeship in a Vienna law office; his mother, who was a WWI refugee from Eastern Europe; his cultural family; attending temple services; religious education in school; being in second grade when all the Jewish children were expelled after the Anschluss (March 1938); attending a Jewish school; antisemitism in Vienna; his father’s reluctance to leave Austria; Kristallnacht in November 1938; experiencing antisemitism from a former friend; Sudeten Germans arriving in Vienna and taking over the homes of Viennese Jews; his family living with his grandparents and his father losing his license to practice law; being sent with his brother and a group of other children to Northern Scotland just before the war started; being nine years old at the time and attending a small school for a year and a half; going with his parents to the United States in December 1939; the fates of his grandmother, cousin, and uncle; living in the Bronx and attending high school; his father becoming an accountant; the 1955 treaty and his parents eventually receiving a small pension from the Austrian government; his father changing their name from Braun to Brown; and his father making he and his brother read Nazi newspapers so that they would be aware of what was going on in Vienna.

Interviewee
Felix Brown
Date
1989 May  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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