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Oral history interview with Robert Hesky

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1069 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1069

The interview describes Mr. Hesky's childhood in Linz, Austria, his first experiences with antisemitism, and the increased persecution of Jews and the loss of the family home and business after the Anschluss in March 1938. Mr. Hesky describes the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938, the arrests of himself and his father, their release from prison because of his uncle's dealings with Adolf Eichmann, the approval of the family's visas for the United States, and their emigration in 1939. Mr. Hesky's uncle Max Hirschfeld was involved in the Jewish Council in Linz, and Mr. Hesky discusses the role of the Council in the Jewish community.

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Robert Hesky
Anne G. Saldinger
interview:  1991 December 12
2 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 09:37:24
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