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Memories of Veteran and Holocaust Survivor Karl Pfeifer
Karl Pfeifer in Conversation with Günther Jikeli and Students of Indiana University
Part 1 - February 23, 2021: Escaping Hungary in 1943 and Fighting Israel’s War of Independence in 1948

Special guest: Cary Nelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

For more information, please visit: https://go.iu.edu/3ANF
Part 2 - March 9, 2021: Experiencing Antisemitism in Austria and Hungary

Special guest: Deborah Hartmann, House of the Wannsee Conference

For more information, please visit: https://go.iu.edu/3AUe
Mar 9, 2021 11:30 AM
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Karl Pfeifer
In 1938, Karl Pfeifer and his parents fled from Austria to Hungary, where he joined the Zionist youth organization, Hashomer Hatzair in 1940. He was able to escape from Hungary in January 1943 as one of 50 children who traveled to Palestine. There he lived in a kibbutz, served in the elite striking force Palmach, and - after the foundation of Israel - in the Israeli army until 1950. In 1951, he returned to Austria. From 1982 to 1995, he was the editor of the “Gemeinde,” the official publication of the Jewish community in Vienna. He worked as a free-lance correspondent for the Israeli radio station, Kol Ysrael’s foreign affairs show from 1990 to 2005. Karl Pfeifer has been working as a journalist ever since, often denouncing anti-Semitic and anti-democratic tendencies. Karl Pfeifer is the recipient of the Golden Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria (2018), Austria’s most important official decoration.