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Oral history interview with Marlies Plotnik

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.375 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0611

Marlies Wolf Plotnik, born in Darmstadt, Germany in 1928, discusses her childhood and family; how her father Herman Wolf was the last Jewish lawyer allowed to practice in Darmstadt; her memories of the Nazi rise to power; her non-Jewish nanny whose father had been Hermann Wolf’s orderly during World War I; how in 1936 her parents travelled to the United States to visit relatives and prepare for their eventual immigration; her memories of Kristallnacht in Darmstadt; her father’s arrest and later release; how she still owns a carbon-copy of a list of valuables her family owned before the war; traveling in 1939 with her entire family on the Queen Mary to New York City, NY; settling on the Upper West Side; her father’s disappointment at not being able to provide for his family; attending Barnard; her brother Paul’s enlistment in the US Army and participation in the second Normandy landing; meeting her future husband, Gene Plotnik; and having her sons’ surname legally changed to “Potter” in 1973 to prevent them from suffering antisemitism.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Ms. Marlies Plotnik
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2010 August 19
3 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-09-15 09:25:40
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