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Oral history interview with Renee Stern

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.346.71 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0071

Renee Stern (née Renate Israel), born on July 1, 1926 in Mannheim, Germany, describes being raised Orthodox Jewish; being an only child; her father’s wholesale shoe business, which he got rid of in the early 1930s; living a comfortable life; her maternal grandmother, who lived with them; visiting her grandparents, who lived near Heidelberg, Germany; not being able to attend the public school because she was Jewish and attending a Jewish school; becoming aware of antisemitism; their family friends who moved to Chicago, IL in 1938; being active in the Jewish community and attending a Zionist youth group; her father’s deportation to Dachau concentration camp for four weeks in 1938 before Kristallnacht; her father’s injuries from the camp; trying to emigrate; how she was visiting her grandparents when Kristallnacht occurred; her father’s attempts to rescue items from the synagogue; going to England with her family on a tourist visa in March 1939; living in England from March 1939 to April 1940; arriving in Chicago in April 1940; continuing to be aware of what was happening in Europe; their correspondence with her paternal grandfather, who was in a camp in France; and her impressions of Mannheim when she visited years after the war.

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Stern, Renee
interview:  1987 December 17
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:44:00
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