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Oral history interview with Rita Penn

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.89 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0569

Rita Penn, born March 29, 1933 in Vienna, Austria, discusses her childhood as the only child of Polish-born parents; how her parents came to Austria as young adults; leaving Vienna, Austria when she was six years old; how her mother sewed jewelry into underwear; moving to London, England with her family; living through the Blitz; sheltering in the Underground; how her father was interned for eleven months on the Isle of Man because the British were nervous about people speaking German; how her father was not mistreated while interned; living with a family and attending school outside of Cheltenham, England; being asked to speak German with German prisoners at a POW camp; learning English and teaching her parents English; how her maternal aunt was also interned on the Isle of Man; listening to Churchill on the radio; memories of school in England; moving to the United States with her family; never speaking German again; identifying as neither Austrian nor British; returning to Austria for family vacations; and her cousin Irwin Knoll who worked for the Washington Post.

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Rita Penn
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2010 March 02
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:40:19
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