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Oral history interview with Eugenia Greenberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.85.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0702

Eugenia Weiss Greenberg, born in 1932 in Abbazia, Italy (now Opatija, Croatia), discusses her family; speaking German with her family; speaking Croatian with her governess; her younger brother, Beno Weiss, who died in March 2012 and was a professor at Penn State; her two other siblings who were born after the war; her parents who were both originally from Poland; her father’s work importing textiles; having a good childhood; contracting polio at age five and spending time in a hospital; not being able to attend school; her father not being allowed to work because of the sanctions; the Hellreich family of Vienna living with her family for nearly a year; the arrest of her father and his imprisonment in Fiume (now Rijeka, Croatia); her father’s imprisonment in a concentration camp in Fiera Monte in Calabria, Italy; being sent with her mother and brother moved to Atessa near Rome, Italy; experiencing restrictions but not antisemitism; playing with non-Jewish children; the German occupation; going into hiding; reuniting her father; hiding in the countryside in various locations; being caught by the Germans at one point but were freed by a sympathetic German officer; being liberated at the end of 1944 by the British army; going to the displaced persons camps in Palazze (near Naples, Italy) and Barletta; learning Yiddish from other refugees; conditions in the DP camps; immigrating with her family to the United States in 1950; getting married in 1952; her three children; graduating from Brooklyn College; and being a school psychologist for 27 years.


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Interviewee
Ms. Eugenia Greenberg
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
interview:  2013 May 09
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
 
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:51:47
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