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Oral history interview with Helene Reeves

Oral History | Accession Number: 2001.145 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0414

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Dr. Helene Reeves (née Mencel), born May 10, 1912, discusses her childhood in Vienna, Austria and her experiences with antisemitism; her membership in the Zionist Youth Movement “Blau Weiss;” the changing political climate in Austria between 1933 and 1938; her expulsion from medical school after the Anschluss on March 21, 1938; her passport which was stamped with the letter “J;” being assigned the name Sarah; her feelings of desperation during that time; her marriage in December 1938 to another physician; receiving an affidavit from Sam Menczel, a cousin in the United States; her husband’s receipt of an affidavit from the American psychoanalyst Muriel Gardiner; going to Switzerland on a temporary visa to get help from a lawyer at the League of Nations in Geneva; persuading a Gestapo officer in the German consulate in Zurich to give her a visa to return to Vienna; traveling to the American consulate in Vienna to get her quota number; reuniting with her husband in Genoa; immigrating to the United States; receiving her medical certification; and receiving financial help from Muriel Gardiner in the US.

Interviewee
Helene Reeves
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
2001 July 24  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:16:26
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