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Oral history interview with Marie Brandstetter

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.397 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0397

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Marie Brandstetter (née Mania Zelwer), born on January 20, 1933 in Kalisz, Poland, describes her childhood; her father (Haim Luzer Zelwer), mother (Eta Messer), younger brother (Sam), and half sister (Helene Litwak Gordon); her family's bus company; being raised Orthodox; hearing about the Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939; her father being drafted into the Polish army (and his death in Treblinka in August 1942); fleeing Kalisz with her mother, brother, and aunt to Russia; their travels through the Soviet Union; her mother's work in a labor camp in Siberia; reuniting with an aunt and uncle in 1944; her mother's illness; her separation from her mother when she and her brother were sent to live on a kibbutz; their reunion at a displaced persons camp; being upset by her mother's remarriage; her decision to immigrate to Palestine; her experiences on the ship "Exodus" and her participation in onboard resistance; her return to her family in the displaced persons camps; immigrating to San Francisco, CA in 1950 with her brother; living with her brother in Homewood Terrace, a Jewish orphanage; getting married in 1953; reuniting with her mother, step-father, and half-sister shortly before her marriage in 1953; and publishing her memoir in 1995 (title: "Mania's angel : my life story").

Interviewee
Ms. Marie Brandstetter
Interviewer
Anne G. Saldinger
Date
2001 February 07  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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