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Oral history interview with Jenny Brody

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.394.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0842

Jenny Brody (née Judith Sara Regen), born on August 16, 1928 in the Scheunenviertel neighborhood of Berlin, Germany; her older brothers (Herbert, Helmut, and Alfred) and her younger sister, Romana; her mother, Bertha (née Cahn), and her non-Jewish stepfather, Josef Regen; life in Scheunenviertel; her mother’s work ethic; being beaten by her stepfather; growing up poor and never having a sense of family; spending Sabbath with her maternal grandmother; her schooling and experiencing discrimination; her fear during Kristallnacht and seeing people being beaten in the streets; the deportation of her three brothers; her grandmother’s deportation to Theresienstadt; her stepfather’s disappearance; her mother’s imprisonment in Berlin and her sister joining her there; being left alone to fend for herself; hiding in a neighbor’s cellar; being caught by Stella Kübler; being imprisoned in a former Jewish school turned jail in the Grosse Hamburger Strasse in Berlin, where she stayed throughout the remainder of the war from 1942 to 1945; being a slave laborer at a tailoring shop owned and run by Albert Kielhorn; her work sewing army coats; suffering abuse from Kielhorn; hearing of her sister’s death; her life after liberation; the courses she attended through the ORT, which was a school set up in Berlin for Jewish survivors; her reasons for remaining in Berlin until 1993; owning her own high-end clothing store for two decades; the painting of a large Jewish star on her store once in the post-war years on the anniversary of Kristallnacht; her four marriages; moving to the United States to be with her fourth husband; and her life in Boca Raton, FL.

Jenny Brody
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2015 October 08
2 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:53:49
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