Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Eugene Feldman - July 15, 1991

Talking about Experiences

When you finally wound up with the Platts, did they ask you questions? Did they want to know what happened? Did they talk to you about it?

It sounded like they sort of had--were obligated to bring us over here. But that's it. We never re...really real close. The reason is because they're very religious and they don't accept us well enough. I mean they are real religious. They won't come to our weddings or bar mitzvahs. Very--not very often. Because unless it's a real Orthodox Jew, you know.

But your father is religious, right?

Yes, with my father it was different. But still my dad would come to a Orthodox, I mean, he'll go. Like, my father's very religious but he will still accept people that go to uh, like ??? you know.

So what...

He won't. To him,

did the Platts talk to you...

??? Shalom, for instance, we had uh, something. Hecky Platt. They don't, they don't even hardly recognize it.

But the Platts must have talked to your father.

Oh yeah. I mean, they're friendly with me. They come into--to my house. In fact, in fact, I got their number. When I go to Israel, so you make sure you call me. I'll pick you up with my car, he's got a car. Oh no, no. I mean, to a--but when it comes to certain religion, I mean. They won't come to a, unless it's real, real religious. So that's...

Where did...

there is a culture gap here, what you would call it, whatever. A religious gap.

What are your earliest memories of Detroit? Did you go to school in Detroit too?

Yeah. Central High School. I went, I went to night school down there. I worked in the daytime and went to night school. All of 'em were, were newcomers down there. And of course we had a hard time with the language. I think where my language really came into focus or whatever is in the army. I think the army taught me more than uh, the school.

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