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Oral history interview with Henry Schuster

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.250.6 | RG Number: RG-50.882.0006

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Henry Schuster, born in a small town in Germany in 1926, describes the small Jewish population in his town; his father’s death after the Nazis took power; how Christian doctors were not allowed to treat Jewish patients and his father was denied medical care; being nine years old when he was imprisoned by the Nazis; his uncle getting him out of town and into an orphanage in Frankfurt; his mother being able to get him onto a children’s transport to France in March 1939; being in Paris when the Nazis invaded; later being moved to unoccupied southern France by the OSE (a children’s aid society); being in Limoges, France for over a year where the children apprenticed to learn trades; the American Quakers of Philadelphia, PA helping to get Henry and some of the other children out of Europe and into the US with the help of retail giant Marshall Field and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt; the children going from France to Spain and Portugal and then to New York; arriving in the US when he was 15 in 1941; being one of the 1,000 children who were brought to the US for safe haven; beginning his service in the US Army in 1944; the Army wanting to send him to the Pacific but he wanted to go to Europe to find his sister, who had survived the war; and how his service brought him to the Nuremberg Trials.

Interviewee
Henry Schuster
Interviewer
Esther Finder
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Toporek Finder
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:40:44
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