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Oral history interview with Gerda Haas

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0185 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0025

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Gerda Haas (née Schild), born in Ansbach, Germany in November 1922, discusses her prewar family life in Ansbach; her family’s religious practices; training to be a nurse in Berlin, Germany; her deportation to Theresienstadt; her liberation from the camp; receiving aid from the Red Cross and her recuperation in Switzerland; reuniting with her pre-war rabbi Eli Munck; celebrating Passover for the first time after being in Theresienstadt; her freedom in Switzerland; writing about her experiences during the Holocaust; learning of the death of her mother and sister; finding her father after the war; immigrating to the United States on the SS Mulholland; her views on Judaism; her resentment towards her father for leaving Germany before the war; living in Washington Heights, NY; getting married and starting a family; coping with her memories of the Holocaust; the first time she spoke publicly about the Holocaust; teaching about the Holocaust at Bates College in Maine; giving a deposition against former SS guard Alois Brunner; how her story was recorded in the book “Stella” by Peter Wyden; why she felt the need to write a book about her experiences; her feelings toward America; and going back to visit Germany.

Interviewee
Gerda Buchheim Haas
Interviewer
Katie Davis
Date
1998 September 25  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation