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Oral history interview with Doris Small

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.361 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0597

Doris Small, born July 1923 in Berlin, Germany, discusses her Polish-born father who was a prisoner of war in Germany during World War I; attending school as a child in Berlin; her mother’s frequent hospital stays because of her poor health; her father’s tobacco store in Berlin; her mother death in 1936; living on rations; experiencing antisemitism; her father’s death from throat cancer in 1938; how her brother cared for her and her sister; her brother’s arrest on October 28, 1938; how she and her sister were left alone; staying with a married couple who had known her father; sleeping in the couple’s bathroom; the kindness of the couple; how the woman’s younger brother was an SS officer; how this man signed the girls up for the Kindertransport; how her sister was too old to go on the Kindertransport; moving from house to house before leaving for England; being on the same Kindertransport train as an old classmate; traveling to Holland; her foster family who lived in London; getting a job sewing in a London factory; how her foster parents lied to authorities because she was not supposed to have a job; how her sister made it to England on a domestic servant permit; and being reunited with her sister.

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Doris Small
Milda Morkyte
interview:  2010 October 16
2 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:40:23
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