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Oral history interview with Tana Gelfer

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1994.A.0431 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0001

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    Oral history interview with Tana Gelfer


    Interview Summary
    Tana Gelfer, born October 7, 1939 in Berlin, Germany, discusses her parents Herman George Reichman and Johanna Kahn and her family background in Gelsenkirchen, Germany; how her father lost his banking job after the Nazi party came to power; her father’s arrest on December 27, 1942; never finding out what happened to her father; her deportation with her mother to Theresienstadt; living conditions in Theresienstadt; sharing a bunk with her mother; how her mother worked in the fields harvesting crops and sorted through prisoners’ belongings; being hospitalized frequently; how a woman in the camp, Minnie Simon, gave birth to a son in secret; how Minnie Simon, her husband Fritz, and their child all survived; being made to watch, along with other small children, the cruel treatment of men who were brought into the camp from trains; her and her mother’s liberation by Russian forces; living with her grandmother in Berlin; immigrating to the United States; marrying and raising a family; and how her mother helped sponsor several people emigrate from Germany to the United States.
    Mrs. Tana Gelfer
    Steven Berk
    interview:  1994 October 12
    creation: Washington (D.C.)

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Gelfer, Tana, 1939-

    Administrative Notes

    Steven Berk, a volunteer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch conducted this interview on October 12, 1994 in Washington, DC. The interview was transferred to the Archives on February 5, 1995.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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