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Oral history interview with Charlotte Freedman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.601 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0601

Charlotte Freedman discusses her childhood in Klaipeda, Lithuania; her mother's death in 1932 and her father's remarriage to a non-Jewish woman; the family's move to Mannheim, Germany in 1938; her stepmother falsifying papers for her and her sister; observing the burning of the synagogue and mass arrests during Kristallnacht in November 1938; her experiences passing as a non-Jew; her decision to flee the city with her youngest sister; their journey toward the countryside; finding work caring for a German couple's children; the liberation of the area by American troops; moving to Heidelberg with her sister; her post-war life in Germany; her immigration to Canada in November 1952; and her marriage and family life there.

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Charlotte Freedman
Peter Ryan
interview:  2003 February 24
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: 2020-08-03 11:26:27
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