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Oral history interview with Bertl Rosenfeld Esenstad

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.250 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0588

Bertl Esenstad, born in Korb, Germany in 1925; discusses her childhood in Adelsheim, Germany; her father Adolf Rosenfeld, who lost a leg in World War I; her father’s business in cattle trade and feed; her close relationship with her three sisters and one brother; her mother Katharina (Katty) Lemberger Rosenfeld, working alongside her father; how her father was very strict; attending a Jewish school in Heilbronn, Germany where she lived with her maternal aunt; later moving to Aachen, Germany to attended a second Jewish school; her memories of Kristallnacht; being sent with her sisters Edith and Ruth Rosenfeld to London, England in March 1939 where they had a maternal aunt; how the Rosenfeld sisters lived in private homes and hostels; how sister Esther Rosenfeld later joined them; living with the Poole family in London; how Mr. Poole was a chauffer for a Jewish family for which Bertl’s aunt worked; how the Poole’s maid taught her English; traveling to Scotland with the Poole family after war was declared; how the Bloomsbury House assisted with the Kindertransport; communicating with and sending money to her parents through the Quakers; her parents deportation in 1942 to Gurs and then Auschwitz; her youngest brother Herman Rosenfeld’s deportation to Gurs and his eventual immigration to the United States with other children; immigrating to the United States in 1948 with her sisters; settling in Washington, DC; and working for Hymen Goldman who was the founder of the Hebrew Home.

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Ms. Bertl R. Esenstad
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2010 September 16
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:40:22
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