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Oral history interview with Peter Kory

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.50.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0689

Peter Kory, born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, discusses his birthplace; immigrating to Brussels, Belgium with his parents when he was one year old; the German invasion of Belgium; his father’s arrest as an enemy alien by the Allied forces; leaving Belgium for France with his mother as a refugee; searching for information about his father; learning his father was in a prison camp in southern France; bribing the guards to get his father out of prison; living under an assumed identity in Toulouse and Mane, France; how his family made ends meet in Mane; their attempted escape from France through the Pyrenees; losing his parents in the forest and returning to Mane; his parents’ arrest; living under an assumed identity in hiding with a French noble family in Auriac, France; daily life in Auriac; running messages for the resistance; the role his rescuers played in the resistance; the German occupation of Auriac; living with German soldiers who were billeted in their house; liberation; being labeled a Jewish war orphan; legal battles between his new French family and Jewish organizations; living in a Jewish orphanage; his feelings about Zionism and Orthodoxy; learning the fate of his parents; being contacted by an aunt in the United States; choosing to immigrate to the United States rather than Israel; and adjusting to postwar life in the US.

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Peter Kory
Rebecca Dillmeier
interview:  2013 March 28
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-08-03 11:26:21
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