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Oral history interview with Hedi Pope

Interview Summary Hedi Pope (née Politzer), born March 18, 1920 in Vienna, Austria, describes her prosperous family, which was neither religious nor political; wanting to be a dancer as a child; the increase in anti-Semitism in Vienna; her memories, day-by-day, of Hitler’s invasion of Austria in March 1938; rising fears to speak out about Hitler’s actions; her memories of Kristallnacht; her father being sent to Dachau; the difficulty of getting all the documents to go to the United States; immigrating to the U.S. in January 1939; living in Newark, NJ; joining the Refugee Artist’s Group as a dancer; going to Miami University in Ohio and graduating in 1942; having two children; maintaining a dance studio in Alexandria, VA until 1980; and working with the volunteer corps at USHMM.
Date 1997 November 06  (interview)
RG Number RG-50.106*0083
Accession Number 1997.A.0355
Extent 2 sound cassettes ; 74 min..
Language English
Provenance Gail Schwartz, a volunteer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch conducted this interview on November 6, 1997 in Alexandria, VA. The interview was transferred to the Archives on November 6, 1997.
Interviewer Gail Schwartz
Classification sound recording
Corporate Name United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Geographic Name Austria--Emigration and immigration.
Austria--Social conditions.
United States--Emigration and immigration.
Vienna (Austria)
Personal Name Pope, Hedi.
Topical Term Antisemitism--Austria--Vienna.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Austria--Personal narratives.
Jewish refugees--Austria--Vienna.
Jewish refugees--United States.
Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.--Austria.
Kristallnacht, 1938.
Conditions on Access No restrictions on access
Conditions on Use No restrictions on use
Record Type Oral History
Digital Files
Link to Collection United States Holocaust Memorial Museum oral history volunteer collection
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