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Oral history interview with Hedi Pope

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0355 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0083

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Hedi Pope (née Politzer), born March 18, 1920 in Vienna, Austria, describes her prosperous family, which was neither religious nor political; wanting to be a dancer as a child; the increase in anti-Semitism in Vienna; her memories, day-by-day, of Hitler’s invasion of Austria in March 1938; rising fears to speak out about Hitler’s actions; her memories of Kristallnacht; her father being sent to Dachau; the difficulty of getting all the documents to go to the United States; immigrating to the U.S. in January 1939; living in Newark, NJ; joining the Refugee Artist’s Group as a dancer; going to Miami University in Ohio and graduating in 1942; having two children; maintaining a dance studio in Alexandria, VA until 1980; and working with the volunteer corps at USHMM.

Interviewee
Hedi Pope
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
1997 November 06  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes (74 min.).
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Record last modified: 2018-05-09 09:24:42
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