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Oral history interview with Martha Donner

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

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    Oral history interview with Martha Donner


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Martha Donner
    Peter Ryan
    Anne G. Saldinger
    interview:  1999 January 13
    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

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Donner, Martha.

    Administrative Notes

    The Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project conducted the interview with Martha Donner on January 13, 1999. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tape of the interview from the Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project on June 25, 1999.
    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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