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Oral history interview with John Salz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.875 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0875

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John Salz describes his childhood in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia (now Plzen, Czech Republic); his memories of the Anschluss in March 1938, when his family was visiting Austria; the absorption of the Sudetenland by Nazi Germany; how his family's business was confiscated; his father's arrest and imprisonment; being placed on a Kindertransport to England in 1939; his father's flight to England several months later; the fae of his mother and sister who remained behind and perished in Auschwitz; moving with his father to Ireland; his isolation and the difficulties of living alone in a boarding house; their attempts to obtain visas to the United States; his voyage to the United States with his father in 1941; his father's psychotic breakdown shortly thereafter; being drafted into the United States military in 1943; his military service in Italy; being captured in a German ambush and liberated in 1945; his reunion with his father and brother in San Francisco; and his family and personal life in San Francisco.

Interviewee
John Salz
Interviewer
Hildegard Gattmann
Anne G. Saldinger
Date
1995 May 22  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : 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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