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Oral history interview with Marlies Plotnik

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

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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.

Interviewee
Ms. Marlies Plotnik
Interviewer
Peggy Frankston
Date
2010 August 19  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
3 digital files : WAV.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:20:42
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