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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

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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.

Interviewee
Ms. Elizabeth Koenig
Interviewer
Dan Collison
Date
1997 June 04  (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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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:38:39
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