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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.)

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