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Oral history interview with Sita de Leeuw

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.599 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0599

Sita de Leeuw discusses her childhood in Nuremberg, Germany; the family's move to Leipzig when Hitler rose to power in 1933; her schooling and religious observances; her early encounters with anti-Semitism; the family's move to Prague in 1939, where they remained briefly until Germany occupied Prague; their return to Leipzig; their family's escape to London, England; her parents' insecurity because of their illegal status in England; being sent with her sister to live with a family in the English countryside; the family's reunion and voyage to the United States; the family's stay on Ellis Island; their travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a relative of her father lived; her encounters with racism and anti-Semitism; the difficulty her parents had finding work and adjusting to life in the United States; her education; her career in teaching preschool; her move with her husband to California; and the murder of her husband, who was a professor at Stanford, after 27 years of marriage.

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Sita de Leeuw
Phillip Maisel
interview:  2003 January 06
Oral histories.
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: 2020-03-26 09:52:30
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