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Walter Dawid was born in Vienna. His father was employed by the shipping agency Caro and Jellinek. In March 1939, the Dawid family, parents and two children, fled to Shanghai. In Shanghai, Dawid’s mother Sarolta worked as a secretary for the Hungarian Association from 1941 to 1946. After the creation of the Designated Area by the Japanese in 1943, the family moved to Hongkou, where they lived in the SACRA building. Dawid attended the Kadoorie School until the family left for Vienna in January 1947 on the “Marine Falcon”. At the time of the interview, he worked for the Bank Gebrüder Gutmann Nachfolger.