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Oral history interview with Mona Lisa Gioconda

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0458.25 | RG Number: RG-50.413.0025

Mona Lisa Gioconda, born in Italy, discusses her experiences as a resident of the Safe Haven Refugee Camp; her German parents; the circumstances leading to her arrival to the US; her Protestant father's and Jewish mother's banishment from Germany; their life in France; escaping to Italy and life in an internment camp there; her experiences in Oswego, which provided a respite; her school and recreational experiences at the camp; her family members' lives after Oswego; her life after the war; dancing under Isadora Duncan's daughter, Maria-Theresa, and studying with Ayn Rand; Dr. Esther Morrison's Quaker mission work at the camp and her later work in Chinese history at Howard University; and the meaning of the 50th anniversary celebration of Safe Haven.


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Interviewee
Mona L. Gioconda
Date
interview:  1994 August 06
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (Betacam SP).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from Safe Haven, Inc.
 
Record last modified: 2020-05-18 16:22:33
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