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Oral history interview with Marianne Windholm

Oral History | Accession Number: 2005.521 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0503

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Marianne Windholm, born in 1910 in Vienna, Austria, discusses her childhood; her father's death and her family's difficult financial situation after his death; the Anschluss, Kristallnacht, and the restrictions that were imposed on Jews after the German occupation; her brother's immigration to Venezuela; her sister's arrest, release from prison, and exile to Yugoslavia; her mother's deportation to Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia; her knowledge of what was happening in the concentration camps; her and her husband's decision to go into hiding in 1941 after receiving a deportation notice; being blackmailed by her rescuer's boyfriend and eventually being denounced by him and going to prison; her and her husband's deportation to Auschwitz; her separation from her husband at the selection and his death; her time in Auschwitz and her liberation in January 1945 by the Soviet Army; her fear of being sent to the Soviet Union; her escape from the camp with a few other women; her return to Austria; her reunion with her sister; her time in Italy working for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; and immigrating to the United States.

Interviewee
Marianne Windholm
Interviewer
Amy Rubin
Date
2005 November 18  (interview)
2005 December 03  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-24 08:23:15
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