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Oral history interview with Joseph Sucher

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.87.1 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0225

Joseph Sucher, born September 10, 1930 in Vienna, Austria, discusses his childhood with his twin sister, Erika, and his older twin siblings, Lily and Harry; his mother Taube, who ran a textile store, and his father Max, who had a Ph.D. in Semitic languages; living in a Jewish neighborhood and attending a Jewish school; how in March 1938 Hitler spoke at a nearby railroad station; experiencing antisemitism by an SS officer; going to the synagogue with his father and seeing the SS taking people away but letting him and his father go; his father’s store being taken over; his father going to Luxembourg in August 1938; his mother and the four children getting transit visas to visit Max in Luxembourg; their journey through Germany to Luxembourg; staying in a hotel room with 10 people; living in Luxembourg for two years with Joint support but having no schooling; going in October 1940 to occupied France, where his father led Yom Kippur services; getting transit visas to unoccupied France and Spain; going to Portugal and staying in Vila Formosa; his older brother and sister going to Palestine; living in Oporto; getting an affidavit from a Milwaukee, WI relative and sailing on the Serpa Pinto with the Chassidic Rabbi Schneerson; living in Milwaukee for three years; moving to New York in 1945 and going to high school and Brooklyn College; earning a Ph.D. in physics in 1957; teaching at the University of Maryland for 41 years; getting married in 1951 and having four children; feeling American especially when he is in Europe; and his feelings on how the Holocaust influenced his personality.

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Joseph Sucher
Gail Schwartz
interview:  2014 July 23
creation: Silver Spring (Md.)
2 digital files : WAV.