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Oral history interview with Dorothea Petrikowski

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.46 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0046

Dorothea Petrikowski, born in Oberhausen-Sterkrade, Germany, describes her family background and Catholic upbringing; her apprenticeship in a Jewish-owned textile store in 1935; antisemitic graffiti on the walls and windows of the shop; the destruction of the store during Kristallnacht in 1938; how some of the shop’s employees assisted in the destruction; her attempt to help the store’s owners; the flight of the store’s owners, some of whom were later killed in Auschwitz; the flight or arrest of other Jewish business owners; the Aryanization of Jewish-owned businesses; her conscription as an assistant to the Wehrmacht in 1943; returning home in 1945; and her life after the war.

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Dorothea Petrikowski
Rosalyn Manowitz
interview:  2004 July 20
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:37
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