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Oral history interview with Hermine Liska

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.317 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0540

Hermine Liska describes her experience as an eight-year old farm girl in Carinthia (Kärnten), Austria at the time of the Nazi Anschluss; how her parents were Jehovah’s Witnesses and very anti-Nazi; the pressure she was subjected to in school to join the Hitler Youth and to give the Nazi salute; how in 1941, after her parents refused to sign a pledge to raise their children according to the Nazi ideology, she was taken away and sent to a Nazi children’s home on the mountain near Feldkirchen; the ways in which she continued to resist teachers’ pressures to conform; being sent to a convent in Munich, where she remained until April 1944; the ways in which her parents, particularly her mother, had prepared her for these trials; attributing her moral strength to their teachings and her faith in God; her brother’s experience at Dachau; and how she currently lectures in schools and encourages children to be strong and to resist peer pressure and xenophobia.

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Hermine Liska
Dr. William F. Meinecke
interview:  2009 September 29
2 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:40:12
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