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Oral history interview with Edith Hylton

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.631 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0631

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The interview describes Ms. Hylton's childhood in Bocholt, Germany and the changes that began in 1933 after the Nazi regime rose to power, including her father's loss of job and death. Ms. Hylton describes attending a Jewish business school in Switzerland and traveling to England, and how those experiences caused her to view the situation for Jews in Germany with concern, and led her to file for a visa to the United States. She discusses her family's move to Berlin, and the hardships that befell her family when her mother and stepfather were arrested for attempted smuggling and her stepfather was sent to Buchenwald. Ms. Hylton remembers Kristallnacht, the urgency of obtaining a visa in order to facilitate her stepfather's release, and her visit to the consul of the Dominican Republic. She describes her family's move to England, her success in obtaining a visa for the United States, and moving to New York in 1939.

Interviewee
Edith Hylton
Date
1990 April 02  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (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 11:21:06
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