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Oral history interview with Joan Schwab

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

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    Oral history interview with Joan Schwab


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Mrs. Joan I. Schwab
    Lillian Klein
    interview:  1996 November 05
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Susan Schwab and Teresa Marshall

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    1 sound cassette (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Schwab, Joan, 1926-

    Administrative Notes

    Lillian Klein, a volunteer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch conducted this interview on November 5, 1996, in Alexandria, Va. The interview was transferred to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on November 5, 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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