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Oral history interview with Emma Mogilensky

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0558 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0053

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    Oral history interview with Emma Mogilensky


    Interview Summary
    Emma Mogilensky (née Hubert), born May 22, 1923 in Kronheim, Bavaria, describes living in the house that had been built by her great-grandfather; having one brother and one sister; living in a friendly and peaceful community until Kristallnacht on November 9, 1938 when antisemitism became so violent that she was sent to Nuremberg, Germany; enrolling in a very strict, all Jewish high school; moving to Augsberg, Germany after her father was released from Dachau; the children’s transport, going to Munich, Germany and being transferred to a boat; finally arriving in London, England, where she and the other children were chosen for English homes such that not one of them would become a public charge; being sent to live with a couple, both physicians, who were extremely helpful; attending school again where English Literature became her best subject; being a Fire Watcher at St. Paul’s Cathedral and joining the British Army when she was 17; antisemitism in the Army; being a cook for 2,000 men; receiving her GED; subsequently attending college on the GI Bill; a trip to Israel with her children after her husband’s death; finding that the cemetery where her grandparents were buried was not desecrated and finding their graves; visiting her foster parents in England every year; and her serious commitment to speaking about the Holocaust.
    Mrs. Emmy S. Mogilensky
    Margaret Garrett
    interview:  1996 November 15
    creation: Bethesda (Md.)

    Physical Details

    3 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Mogilensky, Emma, 1923-
    Corporate Name
    Great Britain. Army

    Administrative Notes

    Margaret Garrett, a volunteer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch conducted this interview on November 15, 1996 in Bethesda, MD. The interview was transferred to the Archives on November 15, 1996.
    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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