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Oral history interview with Stella Bruckenstein Bengel

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.236.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0889

Stella Bruchenstein Bengel, born January 19, 1927 in Vienna, Austria, describes being an only child; her father who was in the fur business like his family in Poland; living with her maternal grandmother during the summers on a farm in the suburbs; visiting her father’s relatives in Poland; experiencing antisemitism from other children as well as her teachers; her parents never scolding or spanking her; attending piano, dance, and gymnastic classes; going on cruises along the Danube with her parents; her mother’s brother, Fred, getting married to her father’s sister, Chyja, and their immigration to the United States; her father’s arrest on Kristallnacht and imprisonment in Dachau, where he died from the after effects of ear surgery; going to live with a relative and her mother working in a hospital to support them; leaving with eight other children on November 11, 1940 on a Kindertransport to the US through Berlin, Spain, and then a ship from Portugal to New Jersey; being placed in a children’s home (Amsterdam Avenue Foster Home) until her Aunt Chyja and Uncle Fred were able to get her; living with her aunt and uncle for 10 years in Bronx, NY until she was married in 1950; her daughter, two grandsons, and three great-granddaughters; and learning the facts of her parents’ deaths.

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Stella Bengel
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2016 August 11
creation: Bronx (New York, N.Y.)
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:54:06
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