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Oral history interview with Shimon Schwarzschild

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2017.195.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0923

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    Oral history interview with Shimon Schwarzschild


    Interview Summary
    Shimon Schwarzschild (Siegbert Schwarzschild), born on December 19, 1925 in Wertheim, Germany, discusses his parents, Rosalie Birk (from Laudenbach, Germany) and Adolph Schwarzschild; his brother Walter; changing his name to Burt and then back to Shimon; his father working as a cattle dealer and his mother being a housewife; travelling with his father on business trips; his family being Orthodox; playing with non-Jewish children in the neighborhood; being jealous of his friends in the Nazi Youth movement; his father being jailed for insulting local Nazis; his aunt helping them acquire visas to immigrate to the United States; he and his brother attending 4th grade in New Jersey; his aunt helping get most of his relatives out of Europe; his mother working while his father was unemployed; his father and his uncle going into business as house painters; the family being considered “enemy aliens;” joining the United States Navy at 18 and going to the Pacific theater; his brother enlisting in the Army and going to Europe; returning Germany after the war; losing his birth records but his friend finding copies through the Catholic Church; writing a his autobiography; still feeling German but not longer Orthodox; his first wife Effie; and his second wife Naomi.
    Shimon Schwarzschild
    Ina Navazelskis
    interview:  2017 April 23
    creation: Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)

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    Schwarzschild, Shimon.

    Administrative Notes

    Ina Navazelskis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Shimon Schwarzschild on April 23, 2017 in Manhattan, NY.
    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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