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Oral history interview with Susi Frank Annes

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.388.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0836

Susi Frank Annes (née Susi Marian Frank), born January 18, 1928 in the Ehrenfeld district of Cologne, Germany discusses her family, including parents Caroline and Edgar Frank and older sister Rita; her mother’s inherited business selling butcher tools; the building that housed the business on the first floor and apartment on second; differences between her mother and father; her nanny, Lisbeth Mueller; visiting her grandmother in HIldesheim by train; attending German Public School until Jews were no longer allowed to so in 1937; attending a Jewish school with her sister in Cologne; her non-Jewish nanny being forbidden to work in a Jewish household in 1937; the family being forced to sell their business after Kristallnacht; the family’s attempts to get immigration visas; not being able to leave because of her sisters broken hip; her father’s arrest after Kristallnacht; the family’s flight to Amsterdam, the Netherlands with the help of an uncle; their immigration to the United States in November 1939 aboard the SS Rotterdam; Susi receiving a rose from Danny Apple, a friend from the Kindertransport, and her reunion with him 70 years later; the family’s sponsor having a heart attack and their decision to settle in Chicago where they had a cousin; Susi’s parents’ difficulties finding employment; their later success in women’s fashion; her work in a dress shop; her marriage to a man from Poland; and her reunion with her nanny from Amsterdam in 2007.


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Interviewee
Susi Annes
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
interview:  2015 October 04
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
 
Record last modified: 2021-11-02 13:09:55
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