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Oral history interview with Erica Kanter

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.354 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0593

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Erica Kanter (née Hecht), born April 19, 1929, discusses her childhood in Stuttgart, Germany; being the child of a Jewish father and a Catholic mother; her father’s career as a physician; her sister Lisa and brother Karl; attending elementary school in Stuttgart; traveling to Czechoslovakia during the summers to stay at her grandparents’ castle; no one in her family practicing Judaism; attending Lutheran Sunday school; her father’s deportation to Dachau; her father’s rescue by the police chief of Stuttgart; how her father left Germany through Switzerland to go to England; being sent to England on the Kindertransport with her siblings in April 1939; packing and preparing for the trip to England; staying with the Emerson family in Marple, England; English customs; being evacuated to the countryside; how her mother stayed in Germany and then went to Italy where her parents had a home; leaving for the United States through Portugal; sailing to the United States on the Britannic with her father, sister, and brother in 1940; moving to Massachusetts; joining the Congregational Church; studying literature at Harvard; how her mother recovered her jewelry which an acquaintance had hid for her in Germany; her marriage to Milton Kanter; and her experience writing and publishing a memoir.

Interviewee
Erica Kanter
Interviewer
Ann E. Erling Gofus
Date
2010 October 15  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:20:20
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