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Oral history interview with Miriam Michaelis Skopf

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.494 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0494

Miriam Michaelis Skopf, born in 1928, discusses her childhood in Dusseldorf, Germany; her education; her family life; her experiences during Kristallnacht, and her family's decision in December 1938 to send her and her sister on a transport to Holland; her time in a Jewish children's home; her reunion with her mother and other sister in May 1939 and her experiences as a passenger on the St. Louis; the journey on the ship; the time spent waiting in the Cuban harbor; other passengers' reaction to the news that they were returning to Europe; her experiences while interned in a camp in Holland; her mother's attempts to emigrate with Ms. Skopf and her sisters; their eventual deportation to Bergen-Belsen; arriving in the camp; her experiences there; the poor conditions; the work she performed in a silk factory; her liberation with her sisters in 1945; discovering her father's location through the Red Cross; their reunion with him in the United States; her life in the US; her work life; the family she raised; and the way she copes with her experiences.

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Miriam M. Skopf
interview:  1989 April 02
interview:  1989 November 16
1 videocassette (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: 2020-05-29 11:58:03
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