Oral history interview with Lilly Rattner Shirey
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- Collection Subtitle
- Exodus: A Deaf Family Escapes the Holocaust
- Lilly Rattner Shirey
- Patricia Durr
2 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology
Lilly Rattner Shirey, born October 27, 1932, discusses her childhood in Nazi occupied Vienna, Austria; her Deaf mother; her family's escape from Austria during the night in April 1940 and taking a train to Italy; sailing to the United states on the Rex; hiding jewelry and gold in their clothing; their detainment on Ellis Island; and their eventual entry into the United States.
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