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Oral history interview with Ruth Heilbrunn and Irmgard Ellison

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.294.1 | RG Number: RG-50.949.0001

Ruth Heilbrunn and her sister Irmgard Ellison (both born in Gau-Odernheim, Germany) describe their parents, Christine “Toni” Koehler and Robert Katzenstein, who married circa 1908; Ruth getting papers to leave Germany in 1938 and her journey through Switzerland with her aunt and uncle (Fritz and Irma Koehler); Irmgard leaving Germany, at the age of 18, with her aunt and grandparents in 1940 and flying to Moscow, Russia before going to Japan via Vladivostok; waiting in Kobe, Japan for six months, waiting for new travel papers; being helped by the Jews in Kobe during their stay; arriving in the United States on Thanksgiving Day in 1940; their brothers, Hans and Alfred Katzenstein, who left Germany in the early 1930s; and the family eventually settling in Chicago, IL.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Ruth Heilbrunn
Irmgard Ellison
Judy Faitek
Leon Faitek
interview:  after 1980-before 1990
2 CDs.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judy Faitek
Record last modified: 2020-07-22 16:05:19
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