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Oral history interview with Trudy Friedler

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.21 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0021

Trudy Friedler describes being born to a Jewish mother and a Gentile father in Austria; her parents divorcing when she was three or four years old; being very poor; her mother working as an actress-dancer to support the family; being sent to a Jewish orphanage when her mother toured with a performance group; conditions when Hitler marched into Austria in 1938; being hassled in school; staying in the orphanage as her mother went to live in the second district; the arrest and deportation of her uncle; the liquidation of the orphanage in 1940 and going to live with her mother; having to wear identity cards that were marked with a “J”; joining a Zionist youth organization and her mother not allowing her to go to Palestine; being ordered to work in the fields cutting asparagus when she was in eighth grade; being sent in 1941 with her family to Vienna, Austria, where they had to re-register as Jewish citizens; being issued a yellow star; working in a detergent factory; their ration cards for food; people going missing; working in lumber yards for two months; hiding out in July 1942 and the help they received; the Allied bombing of Vienna between 1943 and 1944; her aunt being caught in 1945 and sent to Bergen-Belsen, where she died of typhoid; her grandfather being deported to Theresienstadt; going to Germany in 1945; and being liberated by the Americans.

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Mrs. Trude Friedler
Mrs. Toby Back
interview:  1990 July
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:51:31
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