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Oral history interview with Peter Parker

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1752 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1752

Peter Parker discusses his childhood in Vienna, Austria; the onset of antisemitism after the Anschluss in March 1938; the family's flight to Czechoslovakia, where they had citizenship; his mother securing passage to Britain while temporarily leaving Peter and his sister with an aunt in Brussels, Belgium; the invasion of Belgium in May 1940, which precluded Peter and sister from joining their mother; the restrictions, roundups, and deportations that he witnessed in Brussels; his arrest in July 1943; his deportation to Auschwitz in September 1943; his experiences upon arrival and while there; doing forced labor in Warsaw, Poland clearing rubble after the Warsaw Ghetto uprising; a forced march he endured in July 1944; his experiences in a work camp near Munich, Germany; the Allied bombings and resulting casualties among the prisoners; his liberation by American troops; his reunion with his aunt and sister in Belgium and then with his mother in England; the endurance of survivors; and his adult life in Canada.

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Peter Parker
interview:  1981 March 30
3 sound recording : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:27:54
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