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Oral history interview with Ursula Foster

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.231 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0231

The interview describes Ms. Foster's childhood in Hannover, Germany, the increasing antisemitism in Germany after 1933, and the family's immigration to Amsterdam in March 1938. Ms. Foster describes her life in Amsterdam, including an acquaintance with Anne Frank. She discusses the invasion of Holland by Germany in 1940, and increasing oppression, discrimination and hardships endured by the Jewish population. Ms. Foster discusses her old brother's transport to Westerbork, how her parents and she were able to evade capture, and their experiences being hidden in Amsterdam beginning in 1943. She describes their conditions and the fear she felt, until their liberation in 1945. Ms. Foster relates learning that her brother perished in Auschwitz, and her and her parent's immigration to the United States in 1947. She describes settling in Oakland, California, the difficulties her parents encountered in adapting to life in the United States, her adult life, and her return visit to Germany.

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Ursula Foster
interview:  1993 November 18
1 videocassette (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 09:49:14
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