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Oral history interview with William Stern

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.611 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0611

William Stern discusses his childhood in Vienna, Austria; the changes he experienced after the Anschluss in March 1938, including violence and increased antisemitism; his escape to Yugoslavia after the war began in 1939; his deportation to a concentration camp after the German invasion of Yugoslavia in April 1941, and the conditions there; being transferred in June 1941 to a camp near Mostar; the conditions in the camp and the work he performed; his attempts to escape in June 1942 with his mother to Italian-occupied Split; their arrest; their transfer the next month to a concentration camp (Kupari) near Dubrovnik, where they remained until June 1943; the conditions in the camp, including the work he performed; their transfer to Rab; Italy's withdrawal in October 1943; the help he received from the partisans to avoid the Ustasi fascists; his year with the partisans; his reunion with his parents in February 1945; their transfer to a British displaced persons camp in Bari, Italy; his experiences there; their immigration to the United States in 1948; and his life in America.


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Interviewee
Stern, William
Interviewer
Prozan, Sylvia
Date
interview:  2003 March 24
Language
English
Extent
3 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: 2022-07-28 20:13:19
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