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Oral history interview with Erna Pinto

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1143 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1143

The interviews describe Ms. Pinto's childhood in Lengerich, Germany; the loss of the family business in 1935-1936 after the Nazi regime came into power; traveling to Holland with her younger brother and sister who were on the Kindertransport in 1939; and her parents' arrival later that year. Ms. Pinto describes being placed in a children's camp in Rotterdam for one year, and then transported to Westerbork concentration camp as one of the camps's early residents. She discusses the advantages to being an early arrival in the camp, having jobs that allowed her to leave the camp, and meeting her future husband whose work as a chef allowed her additional food. She describes the liberation of Holland in May 1945, remaining in the camp until July 1945, learning that her mother and sister had survived the concentration camps, and being reunited with her family. Ms. Pinto describes emigrating to the United States in 1947, first to New York, then Chicago and finally to San Francisco where she was reunited with her boyfriend and married.

Erna Pinto
Emily Silverman
Michael Niggeman
interview:  1991 March 20
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:40:27
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