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Oral history interview with Marianne Goldstein

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.28 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0028

Marianne Goldstein, born January 8, 1927 in Hirschberg in the western region of Germany, describes going to the United States in 1939, two weeks before the start of World War II; her three older brothers; her family living in Pirmasens, Germany, where there was a Jewish community of about 300 families; her father, who was a rabbi (she shows a picture of him as well as the synagogue in Pirmasens); her family living in a large apartment; her father worrying about the future and sending one of her brothers to the United States; Kristallnacht in November 1938 and the destruction of the synagogue; the Jewish men being rounded up the next day and taken to Dachau; the release of the men a few weeks later; her brother’s experience in the US, where he was taken in by a family in Terre Haute, Indiana; attending public school until Kristallnacht, after which she was no longer allowed to attend; being sent to a sewing school operated by catholic sisters; her other relatives’ emigration stories and fates; immigrating with her family to the US; settling in Haverhill, MA; her education; moving later to Roxbury, MA, where her father officiated at various functions of the Immigrants Mutual Aid Society between 1939 and 1942; going in 1984 to Russia for a 6-week study seminar where she met someone with relatives in Buffalo, NY, and trying to help him leave; and the importance of providing sponsorship to immigrants.

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Marianne Goldstein
Mrs. Toby Back
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