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Oral history interview with Marion Wolff

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.360 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0596

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Marion Wolff (née Pollak), born May 8, 1930 in Berlin, Germany, discusses her Austrian-born father and German-born mother; how her father owned movie theaters in Berlin and became the North German distributor for a major production company; moving to Prague, Czech Republic with her family for nine months in 1935; moving to Vienna, Austria; memories of her father dying at an early age in Vienna; experiencing antisemitism as a child; her memories of Kristallnacht; how her mother made and sold leather flowers; unknowingly signing up for the Kindertransport; preparing to leave on the Kindertransport and her mother’s reaction to her departure; leaving Vienna on December 10, 1938; wanting to protect her mother; experiencing fear while on the train to Holland; living in Dovercourt, a large camp for children when they first arrived in England; how a Quaker family from York took her into their home; life with her foster parents, Jessie and Walter Robson; learning English; how the Quaker foster family brought her mother to England; experiencing antisemitism while in school in England; attending a Quaker boarding school; her mother’s experiences upon entering England; how her grandmother was in Theresienstadt; the guilt her mother felt about leaving her family in Germany; her extended family and their fates; working for the American Chamber of Commerce in London; and immigrating to the United States in 1960.

Interviewee
Marion Wolff
Interviewer
Milda Morkyte
Date
2010 October 16  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 digital files : WAV.
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