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Oral history interview with Friedel Bohny-Reiter

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0032

Friedel Bohny-Reiter, born in 1912 in Vienna, Austria, describes her family and childhood; the death of her father in World War I and going on a Red Cross children's transport to Switzerland in 1921 because her mother could not care for her; training to be a nurse and joining the "Schweiser Kinderhilfe" (Swiss Child Help) during World War II; going to Rivesaltes, a transit camp in France, in 1941 and 1942 with the Swiss Red Cross; living in the camp barracks and suffering the same harsh conditions as the inmates with the exception of having access to food; helping to distribute food to Spanish, Jewish, and Romani inmates and to smuggle others out of the camp; being sent to Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, where she was a director of an orphanage; meeting her future husband August Bohny-Reiter, who was the director of the children's camp where she worked; caring for the children until France was liberated; and leaving Le Chambon-sur-Lignon with her husband at the end of 1944.

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Friedel Bohny-Reiter
Raye L. Farr
interview:  1994 May 27
Oral histories.
1 videocassette (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:46:14
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