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Oral history interview with Vera Ellis

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.15 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0015

Vera Baer Ellis, born in Beckum in Northwest Germany, describes being raised by her grandparents and having a happy childhood; being the only Jewish child in the school system; her parents’ dry goods store; her father and grandfather serving in the German Army in World War I (she shows a photograph of her father in uniform); beginning to understand that her family was deferent because of they were Jews; her parents keeping their store open in secret after 1935; Kristallnacht and her father and grandfather being taken away by the local police but released soon after; Nazis breaking the windows in their home; being 11 years old in March 1939 when she was sent to England with other children; never seeing her grandfather and father again; her mother getting to England and being interned on the Isle of Man for eight months; being evacuated during the Blitz to a boarding school in Cornwall, where she stayed until 1944; her various jobs after 1944; going to Buffalo, NY in March 1947; her grandfather, who felt German and not Jewish; her husband’s survival of Bergen-Belsen; telling her children about her experiences; visiting her hometown in 1979; and sharing her story.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Vera Ellis
Mrs. Toby Back
interview:  1990 July
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:51:30
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