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Oral history interview with Edward Lessing

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0297 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0051

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    Oral history interview with Edward Lessing


    Interview Summary
    Edward Lessing discusses the German invasion of the Netherlands; going into hiding in Delft, Netherlands; difficulties in hiding; reuniting with his father and brothers in hiding; his mother’s arrest and deportation to Bergen-Belsen; being liberated by Canadian forces; realizing the extent of the Holocaust; being reunited with his mother; joining a Zionist organization; working as a draftsman; immigrating to the United States; life in Schenectady, NY; antisemitism in the United Sates; getting married; going to Israel to live on a kibbutz; returning to live in the Netherlands; returning to the United States; having children; getting involved with the Hidden Children Foundation; working for Steven Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation; reuniting with people he met while in hiding; returning to the Netherlands for a television program on the Holocaust; his views on religion; his feelings on Israel; the benefits of therapy; and “adopting” a disabled survivor as a brother.
    Mr. Edward Lessing
    Joe Richmond
    interview:  1999 June 28
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Lessing, Edward, 1926-

    Administrative Notes

    Joe Richmond, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the interview with Edward Lessing on June 28, 1999 in Hudson, N.Y.
    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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