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Oral history interview with Anita Sockol

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0186 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0457

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Anita Sockol, born in 1927 in Berlin, Germany, describes her childhood; going to a Jewish school to avoid antisemitism; noticing the atmosphere of fear and anxiety that surrounded Hitler's rise to power in Germany in 1933; her memories of seeing Hitler in parades, Hitler Youth on the streets, and the 1936 Berlin Olympics; preparations for emigrating from Germany and then leaving for the Netherlands in 1938; arriving in New York in September 1938; difficulties adjusting to American life; hearing of Kristallnacht and other details of the Holocaust in the United States; the immigration of an aunt who had survived Theresienstadt; reparations her parents received from Germany; her first trip back to Germany, which she took at the invitation of the German government in the 1980s; her impression of Holocaust memorials in Germany; and her reflections on how her experiences as a refugee changed her.

Interviewee
Anita Sockol
Interviewer
Amy Rubin
Date
1999 August 13  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
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