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Oral history interview with Joshka Schidlow

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.552.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.1000

Joshka (Joseph) Schidlow, born on September 16, 1943 in Lyon, France, discusses the circumstances of his birth; his father, Léon Schidlow, who came from a religious family in Tarnow, Poland and moved with his three brothers to Germany then Belgium; his father’s fur store; his mother, Rosa Silberman, who grew up in Germany and moved to Belgium in the 1930s with her family; his parents’ marriage in 1937; observing Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; the invasion of Belgium in 1940; his parents’ efforts to obtain credible fake identity papers and travel to the unoccupied zone in France; being taken after his birth to the countryside to be entrusted to a woman who was paid to take care of him; suffering from infant anorexia because he refused to take nourishment; being returned to his parents and his Aunt Regina; the liberation of France and Belgium; his family’s return to Brussels, where they lived in Schaerbeek; his father’s work in the diamond trade in Antwerp; his mother’s women’s clothing shop; the birth of his brother Charles in May 1945; speaking French at home; attending public schools; opting for Belgian nationality at the age of 16; studying sociology at the Université Libres de Bruxelles; becoming an administrator at the Belgian National Theater in 1970; moving to Paris in 1972 and conducting opinion polls for a consulting service; becoming the film reviewer for a widely-read TV guide “Télérama” and then becoming a theater critic; his blog on the theater, Allegrothéâtre; the effects the war had on his younger brother; and his collection of family photographs (many of these photos are accessible in the USHMM Photo Archives).

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Joshka Schidlow
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2018 November 01
creation: Paris (France)
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:39:53
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