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Oral history interview with Edith Sheldon

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.37 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0037

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Edith Sheldon, born January 7, 1927 in Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), discusses her family background; being expelled from her girl guides group and from school when they were under Nazi rule; the Jewish ghetto in Prague; the first transports to Theresienstadt in November 1941; living in the young girls’ barracks; punitive measures in the camp; how the lack of sanitation caused her to contract many illnesses; learning about the Russian advance from people transported from the east; staying with friends back in Prague after the war ended for a few weeks; how her mother remained in Theresienstadt taking care of older sick people; poor conditions under the Russians; finishing school; working and going to university part-time until the 1948 communist takeover when she was expelled from university for having a bourgeois background; being deprived of Czech nationality; her mother and sister being treated like Nazis because they put German nationality on their passports; deciding to leave Prague and immigrate to Australia in July 1949 without her mother; building a life in Australia; marrying in 1952 and having children; and the reasons for her survival.

Interviewee
Edith Sheldon
Date
1989 June 19  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette.
Credit Line
Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:49:40
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