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Oral history interview with Ilse Lewy

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.192 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0192

The interview describes Ms. Lewy's childhood in Elberfeld Wuppertal, Germany; her memories of the increase in antisemitism after Hitler rose to power 1933; being forced to leave school and move with her family; and working at a factory until 1936. Ms. Lewy describes her move to a children's school in Sweden that prepared students for immigration to Palestine, her voyage there by train and her experiences in the school for the next two years. She recalls being summoned back to Germany to immigrate with her parents and sister to the United States; the voyage with ship through the Panama Canel; and arriving in San Francisco. Ms. Lewy discusses returning to school, her attempts at and final success in being admitted to nurse training, and her experiences with antisemitism in the United States. She describes volunteering for the United States Army; being stationed in the Philippines where she met her future husband; and their marriage and family life.

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Ilse Lewy
interview:  1994 April 25
2 videocassettes (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: 2020-03-26 09:49:11
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