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Oral history interview with Ada Speyer

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1993.A.0094.38 | RG Number: RG-50.150.0038

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    Oral history interview with Ada Speyer


    Interview Summary
    Ada Speyer, born January 31, 1893 in Bremerhaven, Germany, describes growing up in Hanover, Germany; attending a business school in Frankfurt for two years; moving to Burma in August 1911 and returning to Germany in November 1915; being prisoners of war under the British; volunteering during WWI at the city hall in Neuwied, Germany; visiting her uncles in England; the religious practices within her family; getting married; her social life in Frankfurt; the rise of Nazism and her desire to go to England; leaving Germany in February 1937; going to Montevideo, Uruguay and staying there 13 years; taking care of her husband’s nephew; her mother and mother-in-law coming to live in Montevideo as well; the Jewish community; organizing aid for the Jewish refugees who began arriving in Montevideo; founding children’s home with the Joint Distribution Committee; her husband’s death and deciding to leave Uruguay; immigrating to the United States in June 1948 with her mother; living in New York, NY; not wanting to return to Germany; and her view of her present life.
    Ada Speyer
    Rosalyn Manowitz
    interview:  1977 November 01

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Speyer, Ada, 1893-

    Administrative Notes

    The interview with Werner Solomon was conducted by Rosalyn Manowitz on November 1, 1977. Rosalyn Manowitz wrote an account of the experiences of survivors who were members of the Hebrew Tabernacle Congregation for distribution to its members. The interview was given to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on October 13, 1993.
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