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Oral history interview with Sylvia Green

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0466

Sylvia Farber Green, born in 1924 in Karlsruhe, Germany, describes growing up in a modern Orthodox family; the loss of her non-Jewish friends and being kicked out of school when Hitler came to power; going to places where people would not recognize her as a Jew to see Hitler in parades; her father’s deportation to Poland in 1938; her family’s attempts to immigrate to the United States and live with her aunt; working in the Jewish Welfare Office until her family chose to move to Kraków and live with another aunt; having to wear an armband in 1940 and finding enjoyment in taunting German troops; being moved with her family into the Płaszów ghetto; the loss of her parents while she worked at Kabelwerk; her deportation to Auschwitz with her aunt; her transfer to Bergen-Belsen where she took a job as a translator; her liberation and getting back in touch with her brother in Munich and her aunt in America; immigrating to the US and ending up in Lexington, Kentucky; and meeting her husband Jake through a blind date and then starting a family with him.

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Green, Sylvia
Donahue, Arwen
interview:  1996 January 11
Oral histories.
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:52:05
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