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Oral history interview with Ted Weisel

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.186.1 | RG Number: RG-50.782.0001

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Ted Weisel (Vizel), born January 24, 1918 in Teresva, Czechoslovakia (now Ukraine), describes his family; his mother’s death when he was an infant; his childhood in Czechoslovakia; experiencing antisemitism in his youth and fighting back; attending Yeshiva in Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania; leaving the Yeshiva at the age of 17 and dressing modern; the Zionist groups in his area; the arrival of the Hungarians in 1938; making plans to cross into Romania; going to Solotvyno (Ukraine); being called up for conscript labor and fleeing the country; crossing the river into Romania under gunfire; going to a refugee camp in Romania and Bucharest, Romania while trying to get to Palestine; befriending a Polish soldier and getting Polish documents from him; leaving for Palestine on a boat on February 12, 1940; being in the Atlit camp in Palestine for six months and life there; hearing of Vladimir Jabotinsky’s death and his response; joining the British Royal Air Force because he wanted to avenge his parents; antisemitism within the British Royal Air Force; his squadron’s duty to maintain the aircrafts; being stationed in Greece, North Africa, and Italy; meeting Jews in Athens, Greece; being evacuated to Crete; being sent to Egypt; being involved in the Jewish community in Alexandria, Egypt; being in Egypt until early 1943; going to Tunis, Tunisia and the large and active Jewish community there; being the only Jew in his squadron; meeting his future wife, Eva; being sent to Italy for nearly 10 months; corresponding with Eva; his job flying a transport plane that dropped supplies to partisans in Yugoslavia; transferring back to Tunisia; proposing to Eva; going back to Athens then back to Tunisia; getting married January 27, 1947; working for Shell Oil while he waited for his visa; immigrating to the United States in 1951; and rejoining with surviving members of his family in Los Angeles, CA.

Interviewee
Ted Weisel
Date
2005 April 03  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
3 DVD : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ted Weisel
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