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Oral history interview with Thea Leavitt

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.569 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0569

Thea Leavitt describes her childhood in the Hague, the Netherlands, the growing antisemitism and the dangers to Jews brought by the invasion the Netherlands by Nazi Germany in May 1940. Ms. Leavitt describes the splitting up of her family in August 1942, the assistance of the Dutch underground, and being hidden with her sister in the home of a farming family in Oldebroek. She discusses the liberation of the village where she and her sister were living by Canadians in May 1945, and learning of her parents' deaths in Auschwitz in 1944. Ms. Leavitt describes how the Red Cross with the Joint Distribution Committee arranged for her and her sister to reunite with their mother's sister in San Mateo, and her education, career, marriage and family life in the United States.

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Thea Leavitt
Gene Ayres
interview:  1990 August 07
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: 2020-03-26 09:52:04
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