Manuscripts/Mixed Material Interview with William Piez
The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training Foreign Affairs Oral History Project
Interviewed by: Charles Stuart Kennedy
Initial Interview Date: September 11, 2009
Copyright ADST 2010
Q: Today is September 11, 2009, the infamous date 9/11. This interview is with William Piez, and it is being done on behalf of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training, and I am Charles Stuart Kennedy. You go by Bill or William?
PIEZ: I go by Bill pretty much.
Q: Ok, well Bill, let's start at the beginning. When and where were you born?
PIEZ: I was born March 17, 1932 in Providence Rhode, Island.
Q: Well let's get a feel for the family. Where did the Piezes come from?
PIEZ: Well the family name originates in Germany. I have traced relatives in Germany and the first to come to America was my great grandfather, Jacob Piez. I have his citizenship document from a court in New York dated 1859. I believe he emigrated about 1850, although no one has found a ship manifest with his name on it.
Q: Do you know where he came from in Germany?
PIEZ: Mainz. A Catholic family - his ancestors are buried in the Mainz Cathedral cemetery.
Q: Do you know what was his occupation?
PIEZ: He was a brewer. A younger brother emigrated shortly after him and he was a cooper. Those were years when brewers needed coopers.