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Oral history interview with Wolfgang Price

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.146.1 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0224

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Wolfgang Samuel Price, born August 16, 1930 in Berlin, Germany, discusses his father Simon Prejs, who fought in the German Army in WW I and was awarded the Iron Cross; his father’s haberdashery store; his mother Margaret (née Loser); his observant family; being expelled from public school and then going to a Jewish school; wearing a star on his coat; his father financing Wolfgang's two uncles, Willy and Herbert, to go to the United States in 1936; going to his father's haberdashery store after it was destroyed on Kristallnacht and picking up the few remaining clothes and feeling confused about what was happening; leaving in April 1939 with parents and younger brother John and boarding a freighter "The Ulm" in Hamburg, Germany; living in the hold with bananas and docking in Balboa, Panama; his father getting a job in the Canal Zone; living in one room of a private house; going to a Panamanian Catholic school; learning Spanish; adjusting to the floods; going to Ellis Island in the fall of 1941; being met by his uncle Willy and his aunt Ruth and staying with them for 6 weeks; moving to his family's own apartment in Queens, NY; going to public school with other German Jewish refugee children; his father’s employment in a parts factory; graduating from high school in 1945; working as a waiter; living on a dairy farm in Vermont; hearing that his grandparents did not survive; his father dying in 1949; joining the Air National Guard; going on active duty in March 1951, being a medical corpsman on B-29s; working as a salesman for industrial chemicals in Milwaukee; getting married; studying labor economics at Cornell University; working for the Atomic Energy Commission in Albuquerque, NM; doing strategic planning for nuclear weapons production from 1962 to 1968; doing public sector consulting for community mental health centers; opening his own firm advising on urban renewal; going to Vienna, Austria in 1998 for the International Atomic Energy Agency to negotiate the extension of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty; settling in Vienna and is writing a book about employment in Europe; and his feelings that the Germans have come to terms more than the Austrians with their history.

Interviewee
Wolfgang Price
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
2014 May 02  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MP3.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:09:52
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