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Oral history interview with Hedi Pope

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

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    Oral history interview with Hedi Pope

    Overview

    Interview Summary
    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
    interview:  1997 November 06

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Extent
    2 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Pope, Hedi.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    Gail Schwartz, a volunteer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch conducted this interview on November 6, 1997 in Alexandria, VA. The interview was transferred to the Archives on November 6, 1997.
    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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    2023-11-16 08:12:20
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