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Oral history interview with Elisabeth Katz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.200 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0200

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Elisabeth Katz discusses her childhood in an assimilated Jewish family in Furth, Germany; her mother's conversion to Judaism and reversion to Lutheranism; the ambivalent position that she felt placed in because of this difference; having to change schools once Hitler rose to power in 1933; attending a Jewish boarding school; entering nursing school in Frankfurt in 1938; her memories of the events surrounding Kristallnacht in November 1938, including the arrest of her father; immigrating to London in late 1938 to work in a hospital; being interned as an "enemy alien"; returning to London and working as a nurse during the Blitz; visiting her parents in Germany in 1947, where they had remained throughout the war; her father being one of the three Jews in Furth who survived the Holocaust; immigrating to the United States in 1949; moving to San Francisco; marrying a fellow refugee.

Interviewee
Elisabeth Katz
Interviewer
Sandra Bendayan
Date
1994 August 04  (interview)
 (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (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 11:08:33
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