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Oral history interview with Elizabeth Lassers

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.346.38 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0038

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Elizabeth Lassers was born in 1920 in Offenbach am Main, Germany, describes her mother; her father, who was a gynecologist; her younger sister; being in a Zionist youth organization and attending a public school until age 16; attending a school in Switzerland before returning to Frankfurt to become a nursing student; feeling that nursing was an occupation she could practice in other countries; living in Germany during the boycott of Jewish businesses, many prohibitions against the Jews, and Kristallnacht; her father being taken to Buchenwald concentration camp during Kristallnacht and released after six weeks; her parents deciding to leave Germany; learning about the concentration camps by treating patients who had been released; her family’s cousin in Chicago, IL, who was willing to give them affidavits to immigrate and to get her father an internship so he could support the family; receiving help from Quakers to get to England and then to Chicago; and her visit to Germany in 1976 to see the places where she had lived and finding that many of them had been torn down.

Interviewee
Elizabeth Lassers
Date
1986 December 15  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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