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Oral history interview with Jacques Lipetz

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.115 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0115

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    Oral history interview with Jacques Lipetz


    Interview Summary
    Jacques Lipetz, born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1932, describes being educated at a Jewish school; his family’s flight through France to Marseille in May 1940; going with his mother and two brothers to Lisbon, Portugal via Spain and his father went via Morocco; sailing to New York, NY in 1941 but not staying because their quota number had not come up yet; booking passage to the Philippines and landing in Manila in May or June 1941; their life as Belgian subjects under Japanese occupation; attending a private school run by the Christian Brothers and his religious education as a Sephardic Jew in a congregation dominated by Ashkenazic German Jews; antisemitic persecution by Filipino students; Japanese cultural attitudes and their treatment of foreigners and natives; how the Japanese brought civilian Jewish internees to High Holiday services; how a Japanese officer helped his brother get his scooter back from a German Nazi family; conditions in Manila towards the end of the war and liberation by Americans; Jewish chaplains holding a Passover Seder for the Jewish community at the Manila racetrack; going with his family to the United States in late 1945; and receiving a permanent visa five years later.
    Jacques Lipetz
    interview:  1988 July 21
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Lipetz, Jacques, 1932-

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Jacques Lipetz in Philadelphia, Pa., on July 21, 1988. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College in August 2003.
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