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Oral history interview with Ilse Eden

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.808 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0808

Ilse Eden discusses her childhood in Berlin, Germany; her memories of leaving Catholic school to attend Jewish schools at the age of six; increasing antisemitism the Jewish community faced; her uncle's suicide and her parents realization that their situation was perilous; her memories of the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938; the onset of war in September 1939; her father's refusal to leave Germany; her mother arranging that she be put on a Kindertransport to England in March 1939; her mother following a few months later; her experiences in a care home and in boarding school in Cornwall; her separation from her mother, who worked as a domestic; her immigration to the United States in 1947; settling in Los Angeles, CA; her mother immigrating soon after; her mother's difficulties in recovering from her war-time experiences; her move to northern California; obtaining a degree in sociology; marrying and having children; and joining a Kindertransport group much later in life.

Ilse Eden
Constance Bernstein
interview:  1990 January 21
interview:  1992 September 22
1 videocassette (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
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:52:56
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