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Oral history interview with Elizabeth Kaufmann Koenig

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0435 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0002

Elizabeth Koenig discusses growing up in Vienna, Austria; her brief connection to the French Resistance as they escaped Europe in 1942; a complicated immigration to the United States ending in New York City; her first experience of “freedom” as the essence of America; her reunion with and subsequent marriage in London, England to Ernest Koenig; becoming a United States citizen; working at New York Public Library’s collection of Nazi materials; encountering Mein Kampf for the first time; looking up to Varian Fry as her true hero; her early married life where she became a medical librarian; the difficulty she has describing her war-time experiences to her daughter; her return visit to her neighborhood in Vienna; her anger at the injustices of life; working in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum library; the closeness of her band of Resistance survivor friends from Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a village famous for its refusal to cooperate with the Nazi-backed government; and the need to speak openly about the Holocaust because the people who can testify are dying out.

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Koenig, Ms. Elizabeth
Collison, Dan
interview:  1997 June 04
Oral histories.
2 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:28:08
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