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Oral history interview with Edith Langer

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2011.50 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0187

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    Oral history interview with Edith Langer


    Interview Summary
    Edith Langer, born October 4, 1932 in Hamm, Germany, discusses living on a farm; her devout Lutheran mother; memories of the prewar Jewish community in her town; her early approval of Hitler because his support of public works; meeting Hitler as a member of her scout troop; attending a one-room school with 30 children, 10 of whom were Jewish; her father’s offer to hide the families of two of his Jewish customers in her family’s farm house; her mother’s feeling that hiding Jews was the right thing to do as a Christian; her father's murder by the Nazis for hiding Jews; being sent away from her family to work on a farm, where she stayed from 1941 to 1945 and had no contact with her family; being afraid of German soldiers; seeing murdered Jews in the streets; giving food to the Russian prisoners, who were living on the farm; emigrating from Germany to the United States in 1956; becoming an American citizen in 1961; her hope that more Nazis would be tried, including the one who shot her father; her membership in the Methodist Church; and taking part in protests against the American Nazi Party.
    Edith Langer
    Gail Schwartz
    interview:  2011 February 27

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    Personal Name
    Langer, Edith, 1932-

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch conducted the interview with Edith Langer in Columbia, MD on February 27, 2011. The interview was deposited in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives in March 2011.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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