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Oral history interview with Kitty Weiss Penner

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.240.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0885

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Kitty Weiss, born August 7, 1933 in Vienna, Austria, describes her family; her older sister Inge Weiss (born in 1931); her father Layzer Weiss, who was originally from Galicia; her mother Stella, who was from Vienna; her father’s work as a carpenter, which served him well in the Austrian Army in World War I; her father’s move to the United States; her mother seeing an ad about the Children’s Transport to the US run by the Krauses and a Jewish organization and enrolling both of her daughters; Kristallnacht in Austria on November 10, 1938; her mother securing visas for her and her husband and for her in-laws through American relatives; going with her sister on a Kindertransport to the US in June 1939; going with 50 children by train through Berlin and taking a ship to the US; arriving in New York City; being placed in a summer camp near Philadelphia, PA; her parents’ arrival in August 1939; living in an apartment in Brooklyn; moving to the Bronx when she was in the third grade; her father opening a workshop; attending a special high school of music and art; attending Brooklyn College and transferring to Barnard; getting married; having two children; becoming a US citizen; being an atheist; her cousins who went by Kindertransport to England; visiting many places in Europe including Warsaw, Sobibor, and Auschwitz to learn about her relatives; her social life; and writing a memoir for her children and grandchildren. (After the interview, Kitty shows photos of her and her relatives.)

Interviewee
Kitty Penner
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
2016 July 29  (interview)
Geography
creation : South Portland (Me.)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
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Record last modified: 2018-04-26 11:48:02
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