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Oral history interview with Arthur W. Weichsel

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.284.5 | RG Number: RG-50.986.0005

Arthur Werner Weischel, born on June 24, 1926 in Rimbach, Germany, discusses the high inflation in Germany following World War I; the social dynamics of Rimbach, which had few Jewish families; his childhood; his family and having a traditional Jewish life; his father's occupation in the milk business; having good relations with non-Jewish neighbors; the Nazi's rise to power and the changes in his family life; obtaining a visa to Mexico from the Mexican consulate in Frankfurt and boarding the ship Orinoco from Hamburg to the port of Veracruz in Mexico and making several stops along the way; his father having a migratory status that allowed him to work in Mexico, while the rest of the family members came as tourists; acquiring Mexican citizenship many years after moving to Mexico; living in Orizaba; the restrictions associated with their migratory status; moving to Tlanepantla where they continued in the milk business; feeling German in Mexico and speaking German with his parents; and participating in the group Menorah, which was formed by German Jews who later united with Hungarian Jews-Emunah, thus differentiating themselves from Polish Jews who spoke Yiddish.


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Interviewee
Arthur W. Weichsel
Interviewer
Dr. Yael Siman
Date
interview:  2017 January 23
Geography
creation: Mexico City (Mexico)
Language
Spanish
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yael Siman on behalf of Nenemi Paxia - Sinergias Educativas A.C.
 
Record last modified: 2020-01-10 12:06:05
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