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Oral history interview with Edith Gerda Boas

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.907 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0907

Edith Boas discusses her childhood and young adulthood in Berlin, Germany; her memories of World War I; her studies in photography; her mother's death in 1935; her marriage of convenience in 1935; her father' death in 1937; her husband's move to Shanghai, China; her life in Berlin during the war; working in a factory from 1941-1943; escaping an SS round-up in March 1943; finding shelter with former neighbors for a year; being able to move around in relative freedom; being informed upon and having to flee; living with a former non-Jewish factory worker until the end of the war; moving to France with her war-time boyfriend; being arrested for being German; being incarcerated in several French prisons; her release; her experiences living in France; her immigration to the United States, where she was reunited with her sister in San Francisco, CA; and her life and career as a photographer.

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Edith G. Boas
Peter Ryan
interview:  2004 March 03
1 videocassette (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: 2020-08-03 11:26:28
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