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Oral history interview with Henri Frischer

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.74.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0955

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Henri Frischer, born in 1934 in Brussels, Belgium, discusses his parents who were Polish Jews who met in Belgium; his mother Dora and his father Bernard, who fought in the Spanish Civil war and never came back; his mother’s second husband Heine Sontag (a refugee from Vienna, Austria); fleeing to France; living in Toulouse; the imprisonment of his uncle and stepfather; his stepfather’s escape and reunion with Henri and Dora; crossing into Switzerland; being separated from his parents and taken into foster homes; his parents being sent to work camps; his mother visiting once or twice but not being allowed to live with him; the different foster families he stayed with; the end of the war and returning to Belgium; attending school; going with his mother and stepfather to the Dominican Republic; attending medical school; immigrating to the United States; his parents’ move to California; his mother’s death in the 1960s; and his stepfather who is now over 100 years old and living in Phoenix, AZ.

Interviewee
Henri Frischer
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
2018 March 21  (interview)
Geography
creation : Tucson (Ariz.)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
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Record last modified: 2018-08-13 12:50:48
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