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Oral history interview with Ellen Mendel

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0125.88 | RG Number: RG-50.233.0088

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    Oral history interview with Ellen Mendel


    Interview Summary
    Ellen Mendel, born in Essen, Germany in 1935, discusses her comfortable childhood with her parents, Ernst and Jella Hocher Mendel; how her grandfather, great-uncle, and father were all physicians; her father’s preparations for her family’s immigration to the United States; living in Brussels, Belgium from 1939 to 1940 while they waited for visas for the United States; how the boat on which they emigrated, the Van Dank, was torpedoed and sunk on its return trip; how her maternal grandparents, Eva and Ferdinand Holchherr, were killed at Sobibor; how other family members were killed at Auschwitz and Theresianstadt; her aunt Ella Holchherr, who survived the Holocaust; her aunt and uncle, Erica and Franz Josef, who fled Holland by disguising themselves as French peasants; and her occupation as a teacher and then a guidance counselor in the New York City schools for 32 years.
    Ellen Mendel
    Anthony DiIorio
    interview:  1992 March 25

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (90 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Mendel, Ellen, 1935-

    Administrative Notes

    Anthony Dilorio, of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ID Card Project, conducted the interview with Ellen Mendel in New York, NY on March 25, 1992.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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