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Oral history interview with Julius Wald

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

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    Oral history interview with Julius Wald


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Mr. Julius Wald
    Ina Navazelskis
    interview:  2015 October 03

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    Administrative Notes

    Ina Navazelskis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Julius Wald on October 3, 2015.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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