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Oral history interview with Edith Sheldon

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

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    Oral history interview with Edith Sheldon


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Edith Sheldon
    interview:  1989 June 19
    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.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

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    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Sheldon, Edith, 1927-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Edith Sheldon for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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