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Oral history interview with Herta Griffel Baitch

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.108.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0877

Herta Griffel, born March 10, 1933 in Vienna, Austria, describes her parents Berta Nagel Griffel and Wolf Griffel; being an only child; her father’s small grocery; her father being sent to a work camp on Kristallnacht; her father’s return home and death soon after; losing their grocery on Kristallnacht; the Nazis taking their valuables from their home; being one of nine children chosen for a Kindertransport to the US in November 1940; being sent by train to an American ship headed to New York; being escorted by a social worker (Rose Beazer) to her first foster family (the Bears) in Baltimore, MD; how the first family was very loving to her but when the mother gave birth to a fourth child, the charity transferred Herta to another family, which consisted of one adopted daughter, Beverly (who was almost three years older than Herta); living with the second foster family from 1941 until she got married in 1952; having a hard time leaving Baltimore; being contacted in 1964 by her cousin in London and learning more about her family; meeting two women in 2008 who were in the same Kindertransport with her; how her feelings about her survival have changed over time; and feeling lucky now that she has three children and seven grandchildren.

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Herta Baitch
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2016 May 10
creation: Washington (D.C.)
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:54:03
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