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Oral history interview with Eleanor Rolfe

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.365 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0600

Eleanor Rolfe, born January 31, 1930 in Hamburg, Germany, discusses her childhood in Hamburg; her father’s status as a World War I veteran and job as an attorney; how her family was completely assimilated into German society; her parents’ reaction to the Nazi rise to power; her father’s arrest while in court on the day of Kristallnacht; the domestic help leaving her family’s household; how her father’s non-Jewish colleague, Dr. Zibeking, arranged for her to leave on the Kindertransport; how Dr. Zibeking arranged for her parents to relocate to Amsterdam; her feelings as the Kindertransport train crossed into Holland; how her mother’s family all traveled to Holland; the murder of her Uncle Walter by a famous playwright; arriving in London and seeing foster families waiting for children to arrive; how an elderly couple took her in and cared for her in their very simple home; moving with her family to Seattle, WA; how her husband survived the attack on Pearl Harbor; starting a family; how her husband and her children accepted the Jewish religion after moving to the United States; and returning to Germany with her daughter and visiting the house where she was born.

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Rolfe, Eleanor
McClure, Agnieszka
interview:  2010 October 17
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:09:35
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