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Oral history interview with Richard Teig

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.386.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0834

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Richard Otto Teig, born on November 5, 1924 in Essen, Germany, describes his parents who were born in Poland; his sister, Claire, who was two years younger; his father’s service in the Austrian Army during World War I; his father’s furniture business, which was closed on Kristallnacht; attending the Jewish public school and seeing a Rabbi after school for Jewish education; playing with his many cousins; his parents concerns in the late 1930s and being sent with his sister to Holland by train on January 20, 1939 without a permit; the couple who accepted Claire in their home and hid her when the Germans invaded; being placed with other boys in a camp in North Holland and receiving an education; the beginning of the war and having to relocate five times; going to Emmen, Netherlands in December 1942; attending school to learn about machines and working in a bakery; how on December 25, 1942 the SS lined them up and put them on a train to Westerbork; working for a farmer and later working on a narrow-gauge railroad; joining the Dutch underground and helping prisoners escape on the railroad; carrying messages back and forth between underground members; his parents who were able to flee to Belgium in May 1939, then unoccupied France, and then across the Pyrenees to Barcelona; being liberated from Westerbork on April 13, 1945 by the Canadians; hitch-hiking to his parents in Madrid, stopping off to visit his sister and viewing signs in Paris that said “Kill the last Jews”; his sister, who flew to Madrid; immigrating to the US; working in the diamond business; getting married on January 23, 1955; and his children.

Interviewee
Richard Teig
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
2015 October 02  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.