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Oral history interview with Herta Long

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.859 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0859

The interview describes Ms. Long's childhood in Schokken, Germany (now Skoki, Poland), her move to Berlin, Germany and her marriage to Ernest Goldstein in 1937. Ms. Long decribes her difficulties in obtaining a visa to the United States, the birth of her daughter, the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and her husband being recruited for forced labor. She discusses the family being forced to move into a "Jewish" house, her own experiences with forced labor at the Graf Zeppelin works, her father's and sister's deportation to Theresienstadt (Terezin) concentration camp, and her decision to remain hidden in Berlin. Ms. Long describes her experiences in hiding, her husband's arrest and deportation in 1943, her liberation by Russian troops, being identified as a non-Jew and deported to a quarantined village, and a long difficult journey through Lithuania, Kaliningrad and finally to a transit camp in East Germany. Ms. Long describes her arrival in Berlin, her job with the International Refugee Organization and her immigration to the United States in November 1950.

Herta Long
interview:  1989 August 01
interview:  1989 October 17
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 09:53:01
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