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Oral history interview with Hermine Liska

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

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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.

Interviewee
Hermine Liska
Interviewer
Dr. William F. Meinecke
Date
2009 September 29  (interview)
Language
German
Extent
2 digital files : WAV.
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