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Oral history interview with Doriane Kurz

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

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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.

Interviewee
Doriane Kurz
Interviewer
Ginger Miles
Date
1997 May 13  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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