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Oral history interview with Theresia Graf

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.402.13 | RG Number: RG-50.654.0013

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Theresia Graf, born in 1919 in St. Leonard in Passeier South Tyrol, describes her choice of Italian citizenship in 1939, and her subsequent harsh treatment by locals who chose German citizenship; the deportation of disabled citizens and speculation over their deaths; her arrest along with family members in 1944 as a result of her brothers’ desertion from the German Army; the internment camp in Bozen; the local mayor who was a fanatical Nazi; her release from the camp; convincing her brothers not to seek revenge on local Nazis after the war; SS officer Haage, the former deputy commander of the Bozen concentration camp whom she found hiding on her family’s farm; her decision not to alert the authorities of his whereabouts; and other former Nazis who lived in her village after the war.

Interviewee
Theresia Graf
Interviewer
Gerald Steinacher
Date
2011 April 11  (interview)
Language
German
Extent
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
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 10:43:22
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