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Oral history interview with Margot K. Stern

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

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.


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Interviewee
Stern, Ms. Margot K.
Interviewer
Navazelskis, Ina
Date
interview:  2017 May 08
Geography
creation: Englewood (N.J.)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
 
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:43:54
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