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Oral history interview with Trude Heller

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0215 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0394

Trude Heller, born on June 19, 1922 in Vienna, Austria, describes her family and having several non-Jewish friends; meeting her husband Max at a summer resort when she was fifteen; the Anschluss in March 1938 and losing her family’s home and their two stores; her father’s escape to Antwerp, Belgium and then following him there with her mother; living with a refugee status and attempting to get a permit every thirty days that would allow them to stay in the country; getting in touch with a distant cousin who lived in the United States; going to the American consul in Antwerp and receiving a visa to travel to the US to meet her cousin with her mother; having to leave her father behind because he had been born in Poland; arriving in New York on March 10 and immediately finding a place to live and going to work; receiving a telegram from her father on May 10 that he had received a passage to come to the US; the Nazi invasion of Belgium, which kept her father from leaving; Max arriving in the US and finding out that her father had been deported to a camp in France on July 18; her father’s escape and him managing to get to the United States a year later; her recollections of her life after Kristallnacht and in Antwerp; getting a cleaning job with the National Silver Company while she was in New York; moving with her family and Max to Greenville, SC in 1942; marrying Max shortly after their arrival in Greenville; and starting a family with Max.

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Trude Heller
Randy M. Goldman
interview:  1998 September 24
Oral histories.
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:47:32
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