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Oral history interview with Marion Portman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1253 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1253

Marion Portman describes her childhood in Hamburg, Germany; her experiences as a child living under the Nuremburg Laws; the antisemitism she experienced; her education at a Jewish school; Kristallnacht; her experiences living in a building with an SS office; her family's efforts to immigrate; their departure in July 1941; their journey through France, Spain, and Portugal; her sea voyage; her time in New York; why her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio; her life in America; her postwar communication with people in Hamburg; her vacations in Germany; and the fates of her family members.

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Marion Portman
Rachel Gordon
interview:  1985 May 17
1 sound cassette (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 09:42:20
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