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Oral history interview with Edith Lustig

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.157.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0917

Edith Lustig (née Kraus) was born August 30, 1925 in Vienna, Austria to Pearl and Max Kraus. Her parents came from Stanisławów, Poland (Stanislav, Ukraine). She had one brother, Leo (b. 1921), and one sister, Gertrude (b. 1930, later Gertrude Leiser). Edith discusses living in a small apartment in Vienna and travelling during the summer; having a maid; her father working for Ingalls Fuchs, a large paper goods and office supply company; increasing antisemitism in school after the German annexation of Austria; her apartment getting ransacked during Kristallnacht, and then the family getting forced out; going on a Kindertransport to France with her sister in March 1939; living Chateau de la Guette and then fleeing to the village of La Bourboule in May 1940; her parents and brother receiving visas and immigrating to the United States; receiving visas and taking a train to Portugal to board the Mouzinho to New York in June 1941; reuniting with her parents; living with relatives in Brooklyn; her father learning how to sew and her mother working as a seamstress; her brother getting drafted; working as a diamond cutter after high school; studying bookkeeping at City College; marrying in March 1950, and having three children: Ronnie, Fay, and Joanie.


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Interviewee
Lustig, Edith
Interviewer
Navazelskis, Ina
Date
interview:  2017 February 26
Geography
creation: Boca Raton (Fla.)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
 
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:51:50
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