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Oral history interview with Paula Birnbaum

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

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    Oral history interview with Paula Birnbaum


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Paula Birnbaum
    interview:  1986 December 09
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Birnbaum, Paula, 1915-

    Administrative Notes

    The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (now Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) conducted the interview with Paula Birnbaum on December 9, 1986. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch received the tape of the interview from the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois on December 12, 1989.
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