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Oral history interview with Arthur W. Weichsel

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

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    Oral history interview with Arthur W. Weichsel


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Arthur W. Weichsel
    Dr. Yael Siman
    interview:  2017 January 23
    creation: Mexico City (Mexico)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Yael Siman on behalf of Nenemi Paxia - Sinergias Educativas A.C.

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    Administrative Notes

    Dr. Yael Siman donated the oral history interviews of the Voces del Holocausto en México collection to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum beginning in July 2017. Dr. Siman produced the interviews for an educational resource at her civic association in México, Nenemi Paxia - Sinergias Educativas A.C.
    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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