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Oral history interview with Miriam Drejer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.312 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0312

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

Miriam Lisbet Drejer (née Lisbeth Kaufman), born on May 26, 1923 in Vienna, Austria, describes her father Alfred Kaufmann, who was a jeweler and radio-store owner; her mother Ella Politzer; living a privileged life before the war; being brought up in an upper-class family and attending synagogue two times each week as a social function; the Christian socialists coming into power in 1933 and seeing the first signs of antisemitism in Vienna; anti-Jewish laws; the Anschluss; being taken to the Gestapo for sitting on a bench; seeing the movie, “I Accuse” in 1934 and deciding to join a Zionist youth group; immigrating to Israel (then Palestine) in 1938; her brother Kurt joining her there in 1939; getting married to a man from the English Army and having two children; the deportation of her father to Dachau, which he was able to leave because he had a visa to go to Shanghai, China; her mother staying in Austria to take care of her grandmother and her deportation to Minske, Belarus, where she died; reconnecting with her father in 1945, which led her to leave Israel; and taking her two children to the United States where she remarried.

Interviewee
Miriam Drejer
Date
1999 June 15  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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