Peter Sturm (Josef Michel Dischel)

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Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Born as Josef Michel Dischel to a religious Jewish family, he changed his name to pursue an acting career. A member of Austria's illegal Communist Party, he spent six months in prison during 1935 and then joined Leon Askin 'ABC Cabaret' in Vienna. After Austria was annexed to Nazi Germany, he was sent to Dachau on May 1938, from where he was transferred to Buchenwald on August. Released on April 1939, he was allowed to emigrate to Italy. Sturm then illegally crossed the border into France, where he was interned in the Camp de Milles as an enemy alien when WWII started. Read more...