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Oral history interview with Joan Schwab

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

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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.

Interviewee
Mrs. Joan I. Schwab
Interviewer
Lillian Klein
Date
1996 November 05  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Susan Schwab and Teresa Marshall
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Record last modified: 2018-05-09 09:22:42
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