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Oral history interview with Juan Jorge Schäffer

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.375.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0909

Juan Jorge Schäffer was born Hans George Schäffer on March 10, 1930 in Vienna, Austria to Margarita Lang (Gretel) and Daniel Schaffer. He had one sister, Eva (1928-1937). Juan discusses attending two years of public school in Vienna which included some Hebrew education and French; later publishing an autobiography; his father working as a film distributor in Vienna and in the import-export business in Montevideo, Uruguay; going on a skiing trip to Switzerland with his parents in March 1938, and remaining there for several months while his parents tried to salvage their business and belongings; his father getting arrested in Austria, and coming back to Switzerland after his release; moving to France in fall 1938; moving from Europe to Uruguay in early 1939 with help from the Jewish Community and the Minister of Foreign Affairs; his grandmother and aunt and uncle joining them in Montevideo; attending a British school and studied English, German, French and Spanish; attending a French school for his baccalaureate; studying engineering and receiving a one-year scholarship which he used to get his Ph.D. in Switzerland; changing to mathematics, and returning to Uruguay to become a math professor; marrying in 1960; being told to leave the country in 1968, and immigrating to the United States; settling first in Baltimore and Chicago, before moving to Pittsburgh to teach at Carnegie Melon University.


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Interviewee
Schäffer, Mr. Juan Jorge
Interviewer
Navazelskis, Ina
Date
interview:  2016 November 22
interview:  2016 September 29
interview:  2016 November 03
Geography
creation: Pittsburgh (Pa.)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
 
Record last modified: 2022-06-16 09:49:19
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