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Oral history interview with Margitta Cooper

Oral History | Accession Number: 2002.7 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0147

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Margitta Cooper, born on June 10, 1929 in Speyer, Germany, describes her family and childhood; her relationships with her non-Jewish friends; her memories of Kristallnacht; her father being arrested and sent to Dachau after Kristallnacht; her family’s arrest in 1940 and being taken to the Gurs concentration camp; gathering with about 20 other children and being told they were to be sent to the United States; separating from her parents and seeing them for the last time; spending time in a small French town before her immigration; finally travelling to the United States by boat in 1941; taking a train to Baltimore, MD to recover with the other immigrant children; meeting an uncle in New York City; finding out about the fate of her family; settling into life in Baltimore and receiving a job at the Johns Hopkins hospital; and her reflections on what the world knew about the Holocaust.

Interviewee
Margitta Cooper
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
2002 January 04  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:04:53
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