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Oral history interview with Selma Steinmetz

Oral History | Accession Number: 2004.73.20 | RG Number: RG-50.569.0020

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Selma Steinmetz describes her family background; her father, who was a Jewish grocer and a member of the Sozialistische Arbeiterpartei; attending university and writing her dissertation about German philology; the rejection of her dissertation because she was a Jew; teaching high school German history; immigrating to France in 1938 and working in a Parisian home for immigrant children; losing her job when the home closed in 1939; the arrest of her boyfriend in Germany; escaping to southern France with Austrian refugees; making wallets and working as a secretary for the Quakers in Clermont-Ferrand for a living; returning to Austria in 1946 after the war; receiving an assignment as a librarian in the Städtische Bibliothek in Vienna; losing her job and becoming a journalist; her work with Amnesty International; the Jewish community in Vienna after the war; and not perceiving the existence of antisemitism in Austria today.

Interviewee
Selma Steinmetz
Date
1975 November 14  (interview)
Language
German
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 sound cassettes (90 min.).
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:45:34
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