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Oral history interview with Leo Fixler and Helen Fixler

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.908 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0908

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Leo Fixler was born in Teresva, Czechoslovakia in 1922, a member of a large extended family. He left for Budapest in 1939, where he lived comfortably until being arrested and forced into a labor camp in Germany from 1943 until early 1945. He was then sent on a death march to Mauthausen and later imprisoned in Gunskirchen. After his liberation, Mr. Fixler was hospitalized and then worked for the United States Army in Germany. He immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada in 1949, where he worked as a tailor, and met and married his wife Helen.

Helen Fixler was born in eastern Poland in 1927. After the occupation of her city by Nazi troops, she and her family were forced into a ghetto. The family escaped and lived in the woods nearby, where Mrs. Fixler remained for a year and a half. After the war ended, Mrs. Fixler returned to her home in Poland, reunited with her brother and moved to Germany. Her brother was able to immigrate to Canada; she joined him there and met and married Mr. Fixler in Winnipeg.

Interviewee
Helen Fixler
Leo Fixler
Date
1989 February 08  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocassette (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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