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Oral history interview with Eva Abramowitsch

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.792 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0792
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Eva Koretz Abramowitsch, born on February 15, 1916 in Hamburg, Germany, describes being the youngest of three children; her older brother Hans Gerhardt and her sister Leana; her father’s store; attending a Jewish school where she studied Hebrew and Jewish studies; participating in left-wing youth organizations, which she described as being social rather than political; losing the family store in 1938; the family being forced to sell their house; her work as a young nurse in training in a Jewish hospital in Berlin; witnessing the events of Kristallnacht; escaping to England in 1939 with her mother and sister and reuniting with her brother there; surviving on the money her father had transferred to Switzerland; working as an au pair; meeting her future husband, who was a musician in England; the break-up of her family, as her mother and sister immigrated to Palestine; never seeing her mother again; immigrating with her husband to the United States where they settled in California; living in a boarding house with other refugees; and her visit to Germany in the 1960s.

Interviewee
Eva Abramowitsch
Date
1996 May 08  (interview)
Language
English
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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