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Oral history interview with Gerda Levy

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.520 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0520

Gerda Levy discusses her childhood in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland); her memories of increased antisemitism after the Nazis rose to power; being asked to leave the Catholic school she attended in 1935; witnessing the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938, including the murder of her teacher; the burning of the local synagogue; the destruction of her family's apartment; her father going into hiding; the family's flight after numerous failed attempts to obtain visas from Germany to La Paz, Bolivia in 1940; being moved to a village because there were too many Jewish refugees in La Paz; the difficulties the family faced in adjusting to life in Bolivia; and her immigration to the United States in 1950.


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Interviewee
Gerda Levy
Interviewer
Peter Ryan
Date
interview:  2002 May 15
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (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: 2020-07-08 14:55:24
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