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Oral history interview with Rita Kuhn

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1225 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1225

Rita Kuhn discusses her childhood in Berlin, Germany; her life as the daughter of a Jewish father and non-Jewish German mother as the Nazi regime rose to power; her growing awareness of antisemitism and change; the dismay she felt after the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938, and the privations her family suffered as a consequence of the Nuremberg Laws and her father's unemployment; living with meager ration allotments, detainments, and forced labor; life in Berlin during the war years, including the bombings and doing forced labor in a small factory; the round-up of Jews in Berlin in February 1943 and her release, because her mother was German; the Rosenstrasse Protest of 1943, when a group of Aryan women protested the imprisonment of their Jewish husbands and children, in which her mother participated; the occupation of Berlin by Russian troops, and her family being asked to identify Nazis to them; her first exposure to information about the concentration camps and the Holocaust, the time she spent in a displaced persons camp, her desire to leave Germany and her immigration to the United States in 1948; and her return to Berlin for the 50th year memorial of Kristallnacht, when she participated in a silent march from the a synagogue to Rosenstrasse in commemoration of the protest there.

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Rita Kuhn
interview:  1985 July 20
3 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:42:18
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