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Oral history interview with Alice Boddy

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.622 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0622

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Alice Grunwald Boddy was born in 1923 in Vienna, Austria. Her father, Ignaz Gruenwald, was born in Vienna and died in 1934. Ms. Boddy's mother, Bertha Eisner Gruenwald was born in Rakovice, Czechoslovakia. Ms. Boddy had one brother, six years older than she, who left Vienna and immigrated to Chicago in 1938.

Ms. Boddy was sent to London on the Kindertransport in August 1939. She was ‘adopted’ in London by a Mr and Mrs Lewis, and remained there until February 1940 when arrangements were made for her to join a children’s transport to the United States. Upon her arrival in the United States, Ms. Boddy traveled to Chicago to join her brother. After her mother arrived in the United States, Ms. Boddy lived with her mother and brother in Chicago and worked as a pre-school teacher in an orphanage.

Ms. Boddy married and had two sets of twins and was divorced in 1960. She lived in Chicago, New York and Miami before moving to San Francisco where she married her second husband in 1971. She settled in Greenbrae, California.

Of particular interest is an anecodte Ms. Boddy relates of meeting John F. Kennedy, while she waiting on a line in the United States embassy in London. She describes her tears attracting the attention of Mr. Kennedy, and his interceding on her behalf to ensure that her mother's visa to the United States would be forthcoming.

Interviewee
Alice Boddy
Date
1990 August 22  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:20:55
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