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Oral history interview with Peter Schulhof

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.202.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0931

Peter Schulhof was born on June 13, 1937 in Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic) to Charlotte (born born Sarolta Poras) and Joseph Schulhof. He discusses his parents meeting at a dance; the family speaking Czech; being assimilated Jews and attending services occasionally; his father working as an engineer and his mother being a homemaker; wanting to leave Czechoslovakia and Shanghai being the only option since a visa was not required for entry; emigrating from Europe via Genoa, Italy, and travelling through the Suez Canal, Manila, and Singapore before arriving in Shanghai in May 1940; his father travelling to Japan for an interview with Lieberman & Weichi, a Swiss firm, as an engineer in Tientsin, and getting the position; the family moving to the French Concession (division) of Tientsin; moving to the British Concession after Pearl Harbor; his father being able to save other Europeans interned by the Japanese because he worked for a Swiss company; his family having money for food because of his father’s job; attending a Jewish school where he studied English, Russian, Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese, math and Jewish history; living in a neighborhood with westerners and having servants; not learning about relatives who perished during the Holocaust until after the war; one relative joining them in Shanghai in 1946 before immigrating to Israel; his family immigrating to the United States on November 13, 1948; his mother selling Chinese art and vases in New York; a reunion in 1995 of those from his European community in China and another in Australia in 2011; and returning to Prague to see his old home and surviving friends and neighbors.


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Interviewee
Schulhof, Peter
Interviewer
Navazelskis, Ina
Date
interview:  2017 May 01
Geography
creation: Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
 
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:43:54
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