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Moselio Schaechter spent his childhood in Mussolini’s Italy. Thanks to a transit visa for Portugal and the United States, the Schaechters made it to Quito, the capital of Ecuador where they arrived in January 1941. Over the next nine years Moselio would struggle to accommodate his Jewish identity with a nascent South American self. In this talk, he shares memories of his youth, his experience as part of the Ecuadorian Jewish refugee community, his life in the United States - and his visit to his old "home." Schaechter is distinguished professor emeritus in microbiology at Tufts University and an adjunct professor in microbiology at SDSU and UCSD. Digital Library Development Program, UC San Diego, La Jolla, 92093-0175 (https://lib.ucsd.edu/digital-library)
World War (1939-1945) Refugee children Jewish refugees Personal narratives--Jewish Italy Ecuador 1933-1945