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Oral history interview with Erna Karplus

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

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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.

Interviewee
Erna Karplus
Interviewer
Sandy Tolan
Date
1997 August 27  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 sound cassettes (74 min.).
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