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Oral history interview with Luna Harrison

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.831 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0831

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The interview describes Ms. Harrison's childhood as part of a Turkish Sephardic Jewish family living in Holland. She describes early memories of antisemitic measures enacted by Nazi German occupiers, her family hiding other Jews in their home and how their Turkish citizenship delayed their own deportation to Westerbork until 1943. Ms. Harrison describes her family's transport to Bergen-Belsen in February 1944, the horrific conditions there, and their early release through an exchange of Turkish citizens for Germans. She discusses settling in Turkey after the war, and then moving to Holland, where she met her husband, an American soldier, in 1957. Ms. Harrison describes moving to Idaho, divorcing and settling in San Francisco, and reflects on how her experiences during the Holocaust led her to detach herself from her Jewish background.

Interviewee
Luna Harrison
Date
1990 July 17  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (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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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:25:28
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