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Oral history interview with Bernhard Ebstein

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.346.11 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0011

Bernhard Ebstein, born in 1929 in Stuttgart, Germany, describes his family; antisemitism in Stuttgart in the 1930s; his family’s response to the antisemitism; attending school; his older sister, who was sent to a boarding school in England in 1937; restrictions placed on Jews; his family’s discussion of emigration and the influence of his uncle; being aware of the Anschluss and the Munich Conference because of the headlines in newspapers; seeing the wreckage after Kristallnacht with his younger sister; his father’s move to the United States because the visa only covered one person; the help his father received from the Joint Distribution Committee; the Jewish Committee of Southern Illinois suppling the affidavit for the rest of the family to go to the US; leaving Germany with his mother and his sister in October 1939; and sailing from the Netherlands.

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Ebstein, Bernhard
interview:  1986 December 17
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:43:55
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