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Oral history interview with Julius Wald

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.387.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0835

Julius Wald was born February 1, 1930 in Vienna to Marcus and Helen (Henie) Wald. He had two older sisters: Leonore (Lily) born June 6, 1925 and Mindy born January 11, 1927. Julius discusses his father’s business running a concession at nightclubs, restaurants and sport stadiums; playing pranks as a child; his apartment landlord being in the Gestapo and a janitor whose son was a Brown Shirt; his father’s arrest after the German annexation of Austria and deportation to Dachau and Buchenwald in March 1938; his father’s release on the condition of emigration from Austria; his father’s inability to get a visa, and giving a ship ticket to his cousin who had been drafted into the Austrian army; his father’s partisan activities in Yugoslavia, and his death at the hands of the Germans; his mother and the other Jewish women being forced to clean the streets in Vienna; wearing a miniature swastika to prevent harassment in front of his Jewish school; his sisters sponsorship by an aunt to immigrate to Connecticut; coming to the United States as one of the “50 children” escorted by Gilbert and Eleanor Krauss; arriving in the U.S. on June 3, 1938; going by bus to a transit camp; staying with foster parents, the Leonards, in Allentown, PA until his mother arrived in 1940; living in Brooklyn with his mother; getting teased by the other children, and then becoming popular; enlisting in the United States Army in 1944 by lying about his age; getting discharged after discovering he was underage; finishing high school; getting married; and receiving an Irish tablecloth from the Leonard family.

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Wald, Mr. Julius
Navazelskis, Ina
interview:  2015 October 03
Oral histories.
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:16:48
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