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Oral history interview with Felix Brown

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

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.


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