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Oral history interview with Lore Perl

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0527 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0447

Lore Perl, born in 1913 in Vienna, Austria, discusses her childhood; the hardships of growing up during World War I; her mother's Catholicism and her father's lack of religion; going to a teacher's college and becoming a kindergarten teacher; the effects of the Great Depression on Austria and finding work as a secretary; her friendships with Jews and meeting her Jewish husband; her conversion to Judaism; her husband's immigration to England while she stayed in Vienna, Austria, taking care of her sick mother; her husband's involvement in illegally smuggling Jews into Palestine; her memories of Kristallnacht and the beginning of World War II; her arrest by the Gestapo for helping Jews; her transfer to several different prisons, the suffering she witnessed there, and her eventual arrival in Ravensbrück; the conditions in Ravensbrück; how an uncle who worked in the Foreign Ministry in Austria was able to obtain her release; her return to Vienna where she lived with an aunt and cousin; organizing a kindergarten with neighborhood children after the liberation of Vienna; her husband's return from the United States; her recuperation in a hospital for several months and then her immigration to the United States; and how her faith was affected by her experiences during the war.

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Lore Perl
Arwen Donahue
interview:  1996 November 13
Oral histories.
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:46:56
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