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Oral history interview with Hilma Geffen

Oral History | Accession Number: 1993.A.0089.15 | RG Number: RG-50.155.0015

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Hilma Geffen, born in Berlin, Germany in 1925, describes being an only child; her father serving in the German Army during World War I and being awarded the Iron Cross; moving with her family in 1931 to Rangsdorf, Germany, where they were the only Jewish family in town; her father, an accountant, continuing to commute to Berlin for work; how a couple of nights after Kristallnacht SA (Sturmabteilung) men came to the house and smashed the furniture; moving with her family in 1939 to Berlin because Jews could no longer own property; returning home after work in October 1941 and being told by her mother to run away because people were there to pick them up; using false papers and going into hiding; living with a German couple, who knew only that she was Jewish, until the end of the war; immigrating to the United States; living in Miami Beach, FL, where she had relatives; and how her parents were deported to Auschwitz and did not survive the war.

Interviewee
Hilma Geffen
Date
approximately 1985 January 15  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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