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Oral history interview with Joan Schwab

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0589 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0058

Joan Schwab (née Nussbaum), born on March 24, 1926, describes living in the Tiergarten area of Berlin, Germany; her memories of Kristallnacht and how two men came for her father; being placed on a Children’s Transport to England on May 21, 1939; staying with Norman and Elsie Denham and going to secondary school and Hebrew school; her brother joining her in August 1939; evacuating in September to Chichester; conditions in the home, where she shared a bed with four girls and showered every two weeks; graduating from high school in 1944 and going back to Denhams in London; sleeping in an air raid shelter when V2 rockets attacked; going after the war to the Joint Distribution Committee in Munich, Germany and finding out that her parents perished in Auschwitz and her grandfather died in Theresienstadt; and immigrating to the United States in 1947.

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Schwab, Mrs. Joan Ingeborg
Klein, Lillian
interview:  1996 November 05
Oral histories.
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Susan Schwab and Teresa Marshall
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:20:35
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