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Oral history interview with Livia Bitton Jackson

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0128.7 | RG Number: RG-50.165.0007

Livia Bitton Jackson (née Elli L. Friedmann), born in 1931 in Chamorin, Czechoslovakia (Šamorín, Slovakia), discusses growing up in a predominantly Hungarian town, where it was difficult to hide during the war; how it felt to return to Chamorin after the war; immigrating to the United States in 1951 with her mother; surviving several concentration camps, including Auschwitz, Płaszów, and Augsburg; living in Feldafing displaced persons camp from 1949 to 1951; being 13 years old when she was sent to Auschwitz and being saved because she had blond hair; her views of how inmates behaved during the war; her views on German reunification; using education to prevent another event like the Holocaust; her schooling in Munich, Germany and earning a B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1961; experiencing antisemitism; her Jewish identity; her views on the relations between black and Hispanic Americans and Jewish Americans; earning a master’s degree from New York University in Jewish history; and her first marriage.

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Livia B. Jackson
Mr. William B. Helmreich
interview:  1990 March 09
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:09:58
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