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Oral history interview with Gerda Haas

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

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    Oral history interview with Gerda Haas


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Gerda Schild Haas
    Katie Davis
    interview:  1998 September 25
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

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    Oral histories.
    4 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Administrative Notes

    Katie Davis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the interview with Gerda Haas on September 25, 1998.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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