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Oral history interview with Juan Carlos Kantor

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.44 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0044

Juan Carlos Kantor Edelstein, born in Prague, Czech Republic on March 26, 1938, describes his family leaving Europe when he was one year old; going on a ship to Buenos Aires and found their way to Santiago, Chile; his father, who had been a lawyer, took a long time to adjust to life in Chile; his family arriving with some economic means and did not have as hard a time as many other immigrants; the family leaving Czechoslovakia because his father had one a large law suit and they began receiving threats; the extended family staying in Czechoslovakia; how his maternal family were observant and his paternal family were assimilated; his father being the “chargee d’affairs” of the Czech embassy representing the exiled government in London; the family deciding not to return to Czechoslovakia; the effects of the war on his mother; his family not affiliating with the Jewish community in Chile; going back to Judaism when he was an adult; marrying a Jewish woman; his older brother marring a non-Jew and living as a Catholic; and his belief in the value of testimonies.

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Juan C. Kantor
Andrea Stutman
interview:  2010 August 04
Oral histories.
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:27:17
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