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Oral history interview with Judith Meisel

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0024 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0035

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    Oral history interview with Judith Meisel


    Interview Summary
    Judith Meisel, born in 1929, discusses her father’s death in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1938 when the family lived in Josvainiai; her experience as a prisoner in Stutthof; life after escaping Stutthof with her sister, who had typhus at the time; living in a convent; working for a family as a refugee; nearly drowning in the North Sea after her ship was torpedoed; living in the woods in Denmark; being liberated by the Red Cross; contracting tuberculosis and staying in a sanitarium in Copenhagen, Denmark; finding her brother; meeting her ex-husband and moving to Canada; getting married; how the Holocaust shaped her life; Zionism and Israel; starting a family; the Civil Rights movement in the United States; meeting Martin Luther King; how she began sharing the memories of her experiences during the Holocaust; going back to the Kaunas ghetto; creating the Beyond Tolerance Center; working on the Anne Frank exhibit in Santa Barbara, CA; her daughter’s Holocaust art; founding the Northwest Interfaith Movement; going to Israel; being a single mother; meeting her second husband; the feminist movement; her film of her trip back to Lithuania; and her philanthropic achievements.
    Judith B. Meisel
    Ginger Miles
    interview:  1999 January 20
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    3 sound cassettes (60 min.).

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Meisel, Judith, 1929-

    Administrative Notes

    Ginger Miles, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the interview with Judith Meisel on January 20, 1999 in Santa Barbara, CA.
    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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