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Oral history interview with Anna Weiss

Oral History | Accession Number: 1993.A.0095.89 | RG Number: RG-50.163.0089

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Anna Weiss (née Loewi), born on January 26, 1911 in Gratz, Austria, describes attending medical school in Munich, Germany in 1932; returning after seeing swastikas on the street; attending medical school in Vienna, Austria for two years; going to Prague, Czech Republic in 1936; her father, Otto Loewi, receiving the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1936; getting married to Ulrich Weiss on May 23, 1937; living in Aussig on Elbe (Ustí nad Labem, Czech Republic) and having a child; seeing the Nazis marching and their attempts to emigrate; going with her child to Stara-Boleslav, Czech Republic and hiding in a furniture van to get to Prague; getting visas to Belgium; meeting her father in Brussels, Belgium in March 1939; going to Argenteuil, France; seeing planes and shooting; going to Clermont-Ferrand then to Vert-au-Laye; renting a room on a farm; going to Lyon, France to the Spanish, Portuguese, and American consulates; going to Marseille, France in March 1941 and staying in an inn with Spanish soldiers; persuading HIAS to give her money for tickets; sailing with 250 people, including artists and scientists; docking in Martinique and staying in an internment camp for one month; sailing to the Dominican Republic then New York, NY; arriving in New York on June 2, 1941; getting a job to pay off the debt of her father’s trip; going to Washington, DC in 1957; and working at the National Institutes of Health with her husband.

Interviewee
Anna Weiss
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
1990 November 02  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
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