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Oral history interview with Mary Berges

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.278 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0278

Mary Berges (née Friedman), born in 1935 in Antwerp, Belgium, describes her early life in Antwerp; her father Michael (born in Poland), who was a baker; her mother Elizabeth (born in Graz); her brother, Alfred (born in Germany in 1932); her father's arrest; her experiences being hidden in Catholic orphanages, separately from her brother; being mistreated in the orphanages and her feelings about those experiences; being taken to an Orthodox Jewish orphanage by a family member after the war (her Aunt Rivka's sister in law); learning that her parents had perished at Auschwitz; immigrating to the United States in 1947; the difficulties of adjusting to life in the US; her experiences in a foster home; her education and training as a nurse; her continued emotional struggles about her wartime experiences; and her reflections on her childhood.

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Mary Berges
Ellen Szakal
interview:  1995 July 21
3 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 09:49:17
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