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Oral history interview with Maria Zhorella Federova

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.117 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0625

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Maria Zhorella Federova, born on November 8, 1915, describes her childhood and family in Vienna, Austria; starting singing lessons as a girl and studying singing after school; her marriage to a half-Jewish man; the antisemitism she and her husband encountered; the fate of her Jewish voice teacher; her early dealings with the Gestapo; helping Jewish acquaintances and others throughout the war; meeting Claus von Stauffenberg, who would later be executed for the failed assassination plot against Hitler; hiding people in her basement; the Gestapo searches of her house and others; seeing older Jewish people being forced to clean the streets in winter; her Jewish friends and acquaintances; her feelings on the Nazi regime; her mother’s efforts to help people during the war; officials asking her to sing at a private party for the mayor of Preßburg (Bratislava, Slovakia); the Gestapo’s suspicions about her and the phone call that saved her; her role as a singing cook in a film in the 1940s; the arrival of the Russians and the division of Austria into Allied sectors; returning to Vienna; and learning the fate of her husband after the war.

Interviewee
Ms. Maria Zhorella Federova
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
2011 June 05  (interview)
Language
English
German
Extent
2 videocassettes (MiniDV).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:20:58
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