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Oral history interview with Eva Yachnes

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.366 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0603

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Eva Yachnes, born May 1932 in Vienna, Austria; discusses her family life in prewar Vienna; how her father, a Communist, found work in Russia after he lost his job in Vienna; how her mother received a visa to go to England as a cook in April 1938; staying with her maternal grandmother in Austria while her parents worked abroad; attending a Jewish kindergarten in Vienna; how her maternal grandfather founded the Free Thinkers Association; how her family celebrated Christmas and did not celebrate any Jewish holidays; her memories of the Nazi rise to power in Austria; her father’s efforts to teach her English; how her grandmother signed her up for the Kindertransport; her memories of leaving on the Kindertransport in December 1938; her journey to England through Holland; harassment from Nazis on the way to England; being taken to Dovercourt Camp upon arrival in England; how an English minister wanted to adopt her; attending English schools; her reunion with her father and mother in the United States; settling with her parents in Manhattan; and her father’s service in the United States Army.

Interviewee
Ms. Eva Yachnes
Interviewer
Agnieszka McClure
Date
2010 October 17  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:20:31
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