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Oral history interview with Barbara Shilo

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.545 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0545

Barbara Shilo discusses her childhood in Kassel, Germany; her family life; her anxiety over being the only Jewish student in her class; the changes she experienced as the Nazis came to power, including having to change to a Jewish school; increased antisemitism; her memories of the parades; her father's decision to take the family in 1933 to Eger, Czechoslovakia (now Cheb, Czech Republic), where they remained for five years; her experiences while her family waited for visas in Prague, Czech Republic and Brussels, Belgium; immigrating to the United States in September 1938; the journey on the ship; her feelings of marginalization as a refugee and separation from the Polish Jews already living in New York; her education in a public school, the culture shock she experienced, and her emotional reactions to the changes; her marriage and children; her evolution as an artist and writer; and the ways in which her wartime experiences inform her artwork.

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Barbara Shilo
interview:  2000 September 09
5 videocassettes (Hi8) : sound, color ; 8mm.
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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