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Oral history interview with Rita Kuhn

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.223 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0223

Rita Kuhn discusses her childhood in Berlin, Germany; her Jewish father and her mother who converted to Judaism in the 1920s; the Nazis' rise to power; her growing awareness of antisemitism and change; the dismay she felt after the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938, and the privations her family suffered as a consequence of the Nuremberg Laws and her father's unemployment; living with meager ration allotments, detainments, and forced labor; life in Berlin during the war years, including the bombings and doing forced labor in a small factory; the round-up of Jews in Berlin in February 1943 and her release, because her mother was German; the Rosenstrasse Protest of 1943, when a group of Aryan women protested the imprisonment of their Jewish husbands and children, in which her mother participated; the occupation of Berlin by Russian troops, and her family being asked to identify Nazis to them; her first exposure to information about the concentration camps and the Holocaust, the time she spent in a displaced persons camp, her desire to leave Germany and her immigration to the United States in 1948; and her return to Berlin for the 50th year memorial of Kristallnacht, when she participated in a silent march from the a synagogue to Rosenstrasse in commemoration of the protest there.

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Kuhn, Rita
interview:  1993 October 06
interview:  1993 October 27
interview:  1993 December 06
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: 2022-07-28 20:13:12
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