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Oral history interview with Lisa Tyre

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.124 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0124

Lisa Tyre, born February 1, 1929 in Vienna, Austria, describes growing up in an assimilated Jewish family; her father, who was an attorney and served in the Austrian army during World War I; her family not experiencing antisemitism until March 1938; the escalating effects of anti-Jewish measures and activities on her parents and herself and witnessing two instances of brutality against Jews; her father being interrogated and beaten by the Gestapo in the summer of 1938; her father receiving help from a Nazi officer, who arranged for his safe return and helped the family obtain exit visas; leaving with her family for England in September 1938 and receiving help from the Sassoon family; moving to Christ Church, New Zealand six months later; going with her family to the United States in November 1946 under the Czech quota and staying for two weeks in the Congress House (a shelter for refugees run by the American Jewish Congress); the difficult emigration process and her family’s life and adjustment problems in England, New Zealand, and the US; her rejection of Judaism and her distrust of organized religion because of some of her experiences in New Zealand and the Congress House; and her bitterness to the loss of over 50 relatives during the Holocaust.

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Tyre, Lisa
interview:  1981 February 24
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:10:42
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