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Oral history interview with Cecilia Kornbluth

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.128 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0128

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

The interview describes Ms. Kornbluth's childhood in Vienna, Austria; her early experiences with anti-Semitism in elementary school and gymnasium; her memories of the assasination of Engelbert Dolfuss, Chancellor of Austria, by Austrian Nazis in 1934; the Anschluss in March 1938; the changes that occurred for Jewish Austrians afterward; the flight of her two older brothers to France and to Switzerland; the arrests of her younger brother, and her father and mother; her father's eventual deportation to Auschwitz; her brother's incarceration in Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps for 11 months, and his release and flight to England; the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938; being sent for by her brother in Switzerland; her illegal flight to Switzerland; hiding until her apprehension by the police because she lacked legal papers; being questioned and released; living and working in a refugee camp for single Jewish girls in Basel; living there throughout the war; marrying another refugee who was living in a single man's camp in 1942; having a son; and being supported by the Jewish community during this period; her immigration to the United States in 1947, and her family and work life in the United States.

Interviewee
Cecilia Kornbluth
Date
2000 March 08  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:03:07
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