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Document Details


Title: Rafael D. Hirtz
Local code: AFC/2001/001/94
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Collection: Veterans History Project
Description: With his privileged upbringing - he was born to a wealthy French family, educated by private tutors, and grew up as a teenager around 1930s Hollywood-- Rafael Hirtz might have found a way to coast through World War II. Instead, he volunteered for the fledgling Office of Strategic Services, even after he was told that field operatives had only a fifty percent chance of survival. Hirtz worked on three intelligence missions abroad, using his ability to speak fluent French in service to his adopted country.
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Speaker: Hirtz, Rafael, 1921-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 1921
Speaker place of birth: Buenos Aires province, Argentina; Argentina; South America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Intelligence officer; Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Interviewer: Brown, Clinton C.
Organizations discussed: U.S. Army; U.S. Office of Strategic Services, 1942-1945
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Africa; Asia; China; England; Europe; France; North Africa; North America; United Kingdom; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Africa; Asia; China; England; Europe; France; Intelligence officers; Intelligence service--United States; North Africa; North America; Oral history; U.S. Army; U.S. Office of Strategic Services, 1942-1945; United Kingdom; United States; United States--Armed Forces; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025850-27778