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Oral history interview with Marita J. Berg

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.301 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0301

Marita Berg, born in 1941 in Leipzig, Germany, describes her mother, who was Jewish, and her father, who was a German gentile and a Communist in the resistance; the deportation of her maternal grandmother and aunt to Auschwitz, where they were murdered; surviving the war with her mother because a German soldier who was involved in the deportation of her grandmother and aunt agreed not to deport them if her mother would have sexual relations with him; the separation of her parents and not living with her mother for a time; living in East Germany after the war with her father; being taken in at one point by a family friend and living in an orphanage for a short time; moving to West Germany to live with her mother; living in West Germany until the mid-1980s, after which she married a Jewish American; her thoughts on the ambivalence or denial by Jews of their Jewish identity; self-identifying as a Jew; and the antisemitism in post-war Germany.

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Marita J. Berg
Peter Ryan
interview:  1998 July 01
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 09:50:20
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