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Oral history interview with Carmen Appel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1257.2 | RG Number: RG-50.322.0002

Carmen May Appel, born in 1907 in Worms, Germany, discusses her family’s move to Frankfurt when she was two years old; sharing a room with her grandmother; having a religious education; learning Hebrew; going with her father to the synagogue every Friday; moving with her family to Zurich, Switzerland when she was six years old; attending school, where she was the only Jewish girl; feeling accepted by her peers; celebrating Hanukkah with her family every year; her father being drafted by the German army in 1914; returning to Frankfurt circa 1918; speaking German and learning French and English; working as a secretary in one of the largest companies in Europe; her father’s immigration to the United States; getting married in 1933 and having a daughter in 1935; applying for visas to the leave Germany; leaving Frankfurt on November 9, 1938; the arrest of her brother-in-law during Kristallnacht and his imprisonment in Buchenwald concentration camp; arriving in New York City and living there for 18 months; moving to Dayton, OH; her son’s birth in 1949; and her grandchildren.


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Interviewee
Carmen Appel
Date
interview:  1984 July 27
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:50:40
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