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Oral history interview with Henri Hurwitz

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.344.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0775

Henri Hurwitz, born on March 28, 1934 in Berlin, Germany, discusses his family’s background and his early years in Berlin; his father’s Croix de guerre, awarded to him in 1935 for his actions in World War I; the circumstances under which his father applied for exit visas to Belgium in 1937; his family’s failed efforts to acquire legal resident status; receiving financial aid from relatives in South Africa; the 1939 arrival in Belgium of his grandmother, aunt, uncle, and cousin; attending a school in Uccle, Belgium and transferring to a Flemish school after the German invasion of Belgium in 1940; his father’s deportation to camp Saint Cyprien, then Gurs, and finally to Drancy, from which he never returned; a family friend who moved in and his black market activities; how he and his cousin were taken in by a Belgian woman in Ottignies and baptized as Catholics; a collaborator who reported the woman to the Gestapo and how the crisis was averted; his life in Ottignies; the liberation of Belgium; his studies in chemistry at the Université Libre de Belgique; meeting and later marrying his wife; and his cousin’s move to and life in the United States.

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Henri Hurwitz
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2014 October 31
2 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-08-03 11:26:21
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