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Oral history interview with Margareta Fisse

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.760 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0760

Margareta Fisse, born April 27, 1926, discusses her childhood in Maribor, Yugoslavia (now in Slovenia); her mother's conversion to Judaism before her birth; the family's move to Belgrade, Serbia; her memories of the bombing of Belgrade when she was in high school; her prior knowledge of concentration camps; the family's deportation to Italy; the Italian officers, whom she found to be kind; their detention in the small village of Lendinara, which was generally benign and peaceful; the family's decision to flee when they learned of the Allied forces advances from southern Italy; obtaining false papers from the village mayor; escaping to Rome; the family's wariness and vigilance during this period; many close calls that could have led to their arrest; her father evading forced labor by obtaining false Hungarian papers; the liberation of Rome; the family's decision to immigrate to the United States; living in Fort Ontario, Oswego, New York for 18 months in the Emergency Refugee Shelter set up by President Franklin D. Roosevelt; and eventually moving to and settling in San Francisco, CA.


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Interviewee
Margareta Fisse
Date
interview:  1990 August 21
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (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