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Oral history interview with Leo Weshler

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.889 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0889

The interview describe Mr. Weshler's childhood in Vienna, Austria; his experiences with antisemitism while in school; his memories of the Anschluss in March 1938; and the resultant anti-Jewish boycotts and prohibitions that Jews experienced. Mr. Weshler describes the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938, his encounter with Adolph Eichmann, and his escape from deportation to Dachau because of his work with emigration. He discusses the family's immigration to Shanghai; the hardships of life there; his work and life experiences, including his father's death from leukemia; and the Japanese domination of the Hong Kew ghetto, presided over by General Goya. Mr. Weshler describes the end of World War II, and the family members attempts to immigrate to the United States. He discusses his return to Vienna in December 1949 to await his visa to the United States and his impressions of the city; his work with the Joint Distribution Committee in Vienna, his immigration to the United States in 1951, and his family life and career.

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Leo Weshler
Hanna Silver
interview:  1992 December 01
interview:  1997 February 19
4 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: 2020-03-26 09:36:40
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