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Oral history interview with Erna Karplus

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0430 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0444

Erna Sporer Karplus, born in 1907 in Vienna, Austria, describes growing up in Vienna and experiencing very little antisemitism; how her family was deprived of many daily necessities during World War I; becoming a photographer and moving to Paris in 1932; her return to Vienna and marrying her husband in 1936; her fear of Hitler in the 1930s and living in Vienna during the Anschluss; the SS taking her husband and brother-in-law to the local police; moving to Zurich before Kristallnacht with her husband; immigrating to New York in 1938; her parents’ struggles as they moved from Italy to Portugal and finally to New York; the loss of several of her family members who stayed in Europe; adjusting to life in the United States and finding a job wherever she could; moving to Boston about a year after her immigration; her lack of excitement about moving to Palestine when some of her father’s family did; and what her family who immigrated to the United States did with the rest of their lives.

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Erna Karplus
Sandy Tolan
interview:  1997 August 27
Oral histories.
3 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:48:10
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