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Oral history interview with Ilse Hertz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.834 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0834

The interview describes Ms. Hertz's childhood in Aschaffenburg, Germany, her early experiences of antisemitism, the anti-Jewish laws that forced her and her brothers to leave their schools, and her brothers' emigrations, one to Palestine and one to the United States. Ms. Hertz describes her experiences during Kristallnacht in November 1938, when her fiance was arrested and imprisoned in Dachau, his immigration to Cuba in March 1940, and her attempts to join him. Ms. Hertz discusses difficulties when the ship was turned back to Hamburg, and her eventual successful immigration to the United States in 1940, where she settled first in Chicago and later in San Francisco. Ms. Hertz also discusses the death of her mother-in-law from natural causes in Theresienstadt (Terezin) concentration camp.

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Ilse Hertz
interview:  1991 March 28
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
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:52:59
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