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Oral history interview with Blanche Hall

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.353 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0591

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Blanche Hall (née Katzenstein), born March 2, 1913 in Schlüchtern, Germany, discusses her parents Hermann and Gutta Katsenstein; her mother’s death in 1933; her brother Ludwig Katsentein; how her father was a salesman and her mother was a business owner; her memories of World War I and her fear of soldiers; her early education; the Jewish community in Schlüchtern, Germany; how many of her childhood friends were gentiles; her work as a nanny; how she and her father moved to Frankfurt, Germany because the Nazis wanted to arrest her father; her marriage in 1935 to Justin Halle who was from Darmstadt, Germany; moving with her husband to Darmstadt, Germany; their immigration to the United States in 1936; how she and her husband sponsored nearly 90 people who emigrated from Europe and came to the United States; how her father-in-law’s sister was married to Congressman Bloom, and he helped supply affidavits to people who wanted to immigrate to the United States; various jobs she held in the United States; and her life in the United States.

Interviewee
Ms. Blanche Hall
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
2010 October 15  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:20:18
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