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Oral history interview with Susanne M Batzdorff

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.394 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0394

Susanne Beeberstein Batzdorff, born September 25, 1921 in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland), describes her childhood in Breslau; her family, including her father (Hans Beeberstein), mother (Urna Stein Beeberstein), and brother (Ernie, born in Novmeber 1922); the family’s religious practices; attending synagogue on the High Holidays; attending a non-Jewish public school; her memories of the Nazi Party’s ascent to power in 1933; the effects of anti-Jewish laws; the antisemitism she experienced in school; songs from the Nazi movement that were taught in music class; her parents' medical practice and the loss of their medical licenses due to antisemitic laws; her father's immigration to the United States in 1938; the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938; learning that her father had obtained visas for his family and their immigration to the US in February 1939; her experiences in New York City as a new immigrant; her education, marriage, family; her career as a librarian; traveled to Germany and Israel; how it was emotionally difficult to return to Germany; moving to California in 1981; her five grandchildren; and authoring several books, including a memoir, as well as books of fiction and poetry.

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Susanne M. Batzdorff
interview:  1994 March 03
interview:  1994 April 07
interview:  1994 May 12
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:51:25
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