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Oral history interview with Margot Freundenberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1263.9 | RG Number: RG-50.166.0009

Margot Freundenberg (née Strauss), born on August 8, 1907 in Hannover, Germany, discusses her life in Hannover, Germany before World War II; her older sister; attending school; getting married and moving to Essen, Germany; Jewish life in Hannover; the growing antisemitism in Germany and Hitler’s rise to power; trying to get her family to emigrate and her husband’s reluctance to leave; her education in Munich, Germany and graduating in 1927; being a physical therapist; the anti-Jewish restrictions and the confiscation of her husband’s business; the 1936 Olympics; finding a doctor to perform neck surgery on her son in secret in 1937; her experiences during Kristallnacht in 1938; being forced to clean streets; getting affidavits to the United States; leaving for England in June 1939 with her husband and son; living in England for nine months and working as an air warden; going to the US in March 1940 and conditions on the ship; living in New York, NY then Charleston, SC; her positive and negative encounters with Americans; her parents’ arrival in the US six months after Margot; her sister’s death in the US and taking care of her three sons; her husband’s death; and her feelings on giving her testimony.

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Margot Freudenberg
Jania Sommers
interview:  1991 September 12
2 videotape reels (1" Type C) : sound, color ; 1 in..
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:47:13
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