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Oral history interview with Marianne Roth

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.83 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0083

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    Oral history interview with Marianne Roth


    Interview Summary
    Marianne Roth (née Freund), born in 1920 in Oppeln, Upper Silesia, Germany (now Opole, Poland), discusses her father, who was an academic and intellectual; her mother, who was a musician; her younger brother; living in a very cultured home filled with music and art and many visitors, both Jews and gentiles; living in a deeply religious but largely secular and diverse environment; attending school in Oppeln and Berlin; the constant presence of antisemitism in Berlin but getting along well with gentile friends; being aware of significant social and cultural change associated with Hitler’s rise; despite being warned of danger, insisting on viewing Kristallnacht incidents to bear witness; the Gestapo coming to her home several times in search of her parents, who had been warned off by friends; meeting up with her parents and brother in hiding; her father turning himself in to local police and being warned to leave Germany; her father becoming very ill and dying in hospital five weeks later; her brother being taken in April 1939 to England via Kindertransport and interned on the Isle of Man; escaping Germany in May 1939 and immigrating to Australia, where she had relatives; her mother remaining in Berlin and attempting suicide in 1940 and again in 1942; receiving a letter from the Red Cross that her mother had been taken to a concentration camp in Poland, where she died; her explanation of Nazis’ success in turning Germans against Jews and gradually increasing economic and political pressure on Jews; arriving in Australia, where she was initially treated antagonistically by Australians and other Jewish refugees; getting married and having two daughters; and her continuing faith in God.
    Marianne Roth
    Phillip Maisel
    interview:  1996 August 07

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Roth, Marianne, 1920-

    Administrative Notes

    Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre conducted the interview on August 7, 1996, in Melbourne, Australia. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the interview as an accretion to its July 1996 collection purchase.
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