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Oral history interview with Margitta Cooper

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

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    Oral history interview with Margitta Cooper


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Margitta Cooper
    Gail Schwartz
    interview:  2002 January 04

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    4 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Cooper, Margitta, 1929-
    Corporate Name
    Gurs (Concentration camp)

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch conducted the interview with Margitta Cooper on January 4, 2002. The interview was transferred to the Archives Branch in January 2002.
    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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