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Oral history interview with Doriane Kurz

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0432 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0001

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    Oral history interview with Doriane Kurz


    Interview Summary
    Doriane Kurz discusses life in a Red Cross facility and her memories of being liberated by Russians from a train leaving Bergen-Belsen with her sick mother; the doll that she found and for whom she made clothing; finding her best friend Nomi upon returning through Leipzig to Amsterdam; returning to her old apartment in Amsterdam; coping with the death of her mother; her deep emotional connection to her brother Freddy; plans for her immigration to the United States; her summer in boarding school outside Stockholm and making friends with the caretaker’s daughter Marisha; her experience on the Gripsholm sailing from Sweden to the United States; her arrival in New York and life with her relatives; adjusting to life in the United States and the American school system; her identity as an American citizen; her belief that religion has remained an important part of her life; attending Barnard; visiting her grandmother on a visit to Israel with her brother Freddy; her experiences as a teacher and then as a small business women in New York; her memories of her surprise 16 birthday party given by her brother Freddy; her feelings about achieving the American dream; her ability to talk about her life during and after the war; and her gratitude for surviving cancer.
    Doriane Kurz
    Ginger Miles
    interview:  1997 May 13
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Kurz, Doriane, 1936-

    Administrative Notes

    Ginger Miles, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the interview with Doriane Kurz in New York, 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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