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Oral history interview with Liesel Reichsthaler

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.867 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0867

Liesel Reichsthaler discusses her childhood in Germany; the advent of anti-Jewish restrictions after Hitler rose to power; her family's decision to move to Amsterdam, Holland in 1933; her experiences as a child in Amsterdam; her family's association with the Otto Frank family; her family's experiences under Nazi occupation; manual labor they performed; anti-Jewish restrictions; her family's deportation and confinement in Westerbork concentration camp, where they remained until the end of the war; her father's prominent position in the Jewish community; her father’s efforts to rescue individuals slated for deportation to Auschwitz; her father’s work with diamond dealing and falsified documents; the liberation of Westerbork by Canadian troops in April 1945; her father's arrest in 1947 on charges of collaboration; her father’s exoneration and the family's subsequent disassociation with the Jewish community; her marriage and family life in the Netherlands after the war; immigrating to the United States in 1984, after the death of her husband.

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Liesel Reichsthaler
Sandra Bendayan
interview:  1995 May 23
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 09:53:02
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