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Oral history interview with Shimon Schwarzschild

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

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.


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Interviewee
Shimon Schwarzschild
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
interview:  2017 April 23
Geography
creation: Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
 
Record last modified: 2021-11-08 14:18:46
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