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Oral history interview with Ursula Angress

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.793 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0793

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The interview describes her childhood as part of an assimilated Jewish family in Berlin, recalls the events of Kristallnacht in Dusseldorft, Germany, when she and her father hid with a non-Jewish family in order to avoid capture, her escape with her mother and grandmother to Shanghai, the life and culture in the Jewish ghetto there, and the conditions after liberation in 1945. Ms. Angress describes her marriage in 1944 to a fellow emigrant, the birth of her daughter in 1946, the emigration of the family to the United States in 1947, the birth of her son, and her subsequent divorce and remarriage to Fred Angress.

Ursula Angress was born Ursula Lindner in Berlin, Germany in 1923. Her parents divorced when Ms. Angress was eight years old and her father went to live in Düsseldorf, where he remarried a non-Jewish woman. Ms. Angress remained in Berlin with her mother and grandmother and saw her father during vacations. After the events of Kristallnacht in 1938, Ursula's father fled to Belgium, while she, her mother and her grandmother left Berlin for Shanghai. Ms. Angress spent the war years living in Shanghai. In 1944, while attending a professional school, Ms. Angress met her first husband. They married, and after the war ended, had a daughter in 1946. In 1947, the family immigrated to the United States, where a son was born. In 1950, Ms. Angress and her husband divorced; she later remarried Fred Angress.

Interviewee
Ursula Angress
Date
1990 September 12  (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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