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Oral history interview with Margot K. Stern

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2017.207.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0936

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    Oral history interview with Margot K. Stern


    Interview Summary
    Margot Stern (née Margote Kahn) was born May 29, 1930 in Bonbaden, Germany, a small town about 40 minutes north of Frankfurt Am Main. Margot discusses her parents, Irma Lichtenstein from Munster, and Gustave Kahn from Bonbaden; her father’s store that sold tablecloths, linens, and towels; losing his business after Kristallnacht; being scared of school because the teacher hit her for being Jewish; her family’s relationships with non-Jewish neighbors; getting sent to live with a foster family in Frankfurt am Main after Kristallnacht so she could continue to attend school; her family being observant and walking to Braunfels to attend services; her father’s arrest during Kristallnacht and his imprisonment at Buchenwald until January 1939; fear of bombings in Frankfurt; attending a Jewish Zionist school; her parents moving to Frankfurt after her father’s release from Buchenwald; her father having to perform forced labor and report to the Gestapo; their attempts to immigrate to China; receiving affidavits from American relatives; receiving ration cards; purchasing tickets for the Nyassa, a fishing ship travelling from Portugal to the United States; travelling to Berlin; receiving help from HIAS and JOINT; flying to Stuttgart, Lyon, Marseille, Barcelona, Madrid, and then Lisbon in 1941; arriving in New York in April 1941 and living briefly with her aunt and uncle in Washington Heights in Manhattan; attending school and learning English; returning to Bonbaden and Frankfurt later in life.
    Ms. Margot K. Stern
    Ina Navazelskis
    interview:  2017 May 08
    creation: Englewood (N.J.)

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    Stern, Margot K.

    Administrative Notes

    Ina Navazelskis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Margot K. Stern on May 8, 2017 in Englewood, NJ.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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