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Oral history interview with Ida Hampel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.29 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0029

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

Ida Hampel (née Scheuer), born in December 1914 in Tarnów, Poland, discusses her family, including her four sister and one brother; her father, who had a very large bed feather business; attending a Polish school and a business college; antisemitism in school; her father, who was religious and attended synagogue regularly; being Kosher at home; being aware of the anti-Jewish sentiments in Germany during the 1930s; working in an office; the beginning of the war; part of her family going eastward briefly to the part of Poland occupied by the Soviets before returning home; her first encounter with the occupying Germans; feeling scared constantly; receiving help from a friend in Switzerland, Carl Busch; the process of getting a visa to Australia, where her fiancé was living; traveling through Vienna, Austria to Switzerland; going by ship to Australia; arriving in Melbourne on May 10, 1940; getting married on May 25, 1940; her attempts to send parcels to her family members in Poland; the survival of her sister Branca; the deaths of her mother and sister Blanca in Auschwitz; the fates of other family members; her two daughters; her husband’s death in 1955; taking over her husband’s cake business; her thoughts on her life and Australia; and never telling her children about her experiences in the war. (The interviewee shares family pictures at the end of the interview.)

Interviewee
Ida Hampel
Date
1996 January 26  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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