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Oral history interview with Anna Leiser-Kleinhaus

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0286

Anna Leiser-Kleinhaus, born in 1936 in Antwerp, Belgium, describes the brief memories she has of her family and friends before the war; living in a strict Jewish community and having no contact with non-Jews; experiencing antisemitism before the war; the German invasion and having to wear the identifying Jewish star; her father and a neighbor being taken to a Nazi work camp in France; going into hiding in a Catholic children’s home in Nice, France after the war began; having little food and following a strict daily regimen in the home; reuniting with her mother in 1944 and trying to escape into Switzerland; remaining in France and adopting a false identity, attending church, and fitting in as a French child; the liberation of the area in which she and her mother were living on May 8, 1945; reuniting with her father, who had barely survived Auschwitz; discovering that her family had relatives in Russia who had survived and who decided to move in with her family; beginning to attend a Jewish school; and her thoughts about her experiences during the war.

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Anna Leiser-Kleinhaus
Randy M. Goldman
interview:  1994 September 29
Oral histories.
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2020-08-03 11:26:20
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