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Oral history interview with Susan Feingold

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.385.1 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0244

Susan Feingold (née Sosanna Frank), born December 17, 1924 in Krefeld, Germany, discusses having a serene childhood in a well-to-do, extended Jewish family; her quiet father (born in Wintrich); her “leftist” mother (born in Krefeld), who was a classical singer; her first sense of the rise of antisemitism in 1933; the expulsion of Jews from school; receiving both sympathy and harassment from non-Jewish classmates; her pride in being Jewish; the liquidation of her father’s store following Kristallnacht; prohibitions against Jews in public; being assaulted in her home by Nazis who demanded to know the location of the family’s “foreign money;” her parents’ decision to send her to England with the assistance of the Committee for Jewish Refugees; her difficult goodbye to her parents; conditions for the children on board the train; her placement with a kind Jewish couple in England; the letters she exchanged with her parents; how communications ceased when her parents were sent to Treblinka concentration camp; evacuations during high school; how the American Joint Distribution Committee assisted with her immigration to the United States in 1946; studying with exiled German director, Erwin Piscator (famed critic of Hitler’s tyranny), and appearing in numerous TV, Broadway, and off-Broadway productions; marrying actor Lester Feingold; her daughter who passed away at age 40; founding Bloomingdale Family Program; her belief that her experiences in the past made her a better person; and how her pain, guilt, and tremendous need to protect freedom shaped her commitment as director of the Head Start program.

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Ms. Susan Feingold
Julie Kopel
interview:  2015 May 15
2 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:45:09
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