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Oral history interview with Paula Birnbaum

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.346.6 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0006

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Paula Birnbaum, born in 1915 in Vienna, Austria, describes her father, who was a furrier; her father taking in German Jewish refugees; the Anschluss; the arrangements for her and her brother to go to Palestine; being forced to clean by German soldiers; the reactions of Viennese to the German occupation; her family hiring smugglers to take them to Belgium; going to France in early 1941 to Paris, Bordeaux, and Marseilles and her husband going to Marseilles after being freed from an internment camp in the south of France; getting affidavits from the United States and getting visas; traveling from Spain to the US in September 1941; her mother surviving by being hidden by the French underground; learning her parents were alive from a US soldier; her brothers in Israel and her sister’s escape to England; and how Vienna changed for her after Kristallnacht and the war.

Interviewee
Paula Birnbaum
Date
1986 December 09  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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