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Oral history interview with Martha Donner

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.2 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0002

Martha Donner (née Feibusch) describes her family and growing up in Elberfeld, Germany; her father, Hermann Feibusch, who was born in the Polish Corridor, was a member of the German Army during WWI, and earned an Iron Cross; her father’s participation in the local bowling league and recreational swimming; the increase in antisemitism in Germany; her German mother (nee Marga Gusdorf), who had chronic depression; her family not being deeply religious, but attending Hebrew school and celebrated the high holy days; her sister Ilsa; joining a Jewish youth group, which provided her with much needed social contacts; accepting the Zionist philosophy of the group; attending public school; beginning high school at a private, all-girls institution; being expelled due to her Jewish heritage in 1937; feeling persecuted by other non-Jewish students as well as teachers; her family immigrating to the United States in late 1937 with the aid of her Uncle Morris, who relocated to San Francisco in the 1920s; being 15 years old when she arrived in the US; visiting Germany in 1978; gradually reclaiming her Jewish identity; and now considering herself a Reform Jew.

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Donner, Martha
Ryan, Peter
Saldinger, Anne Grenn
interview:  1999 January 13
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:13:08
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