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Oral history interview with Renee Stern

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

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    Oral history interview with Renee Stern


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Renee Stern
    interview:  1987 December 17
    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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    Personal Name
    Stern, Renee, 1926-

    Administrative Notes

    The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (now Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) conducted the interview with Renee Stern on December 17, 1987. 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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