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Oral history interview with Rosa Koklin

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.553.3 | RG Number: RG-50.998.0003

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Rosa Koklin, born in 1920 in Stockholm, Sweden, describes her family; having an older sister and a younger brother; her family's emigration from Riga, Latvia in the 1910s; her father, who was a wholesaler of fur products; spending the summers in Riga by the sea; her parents speaking Russian at home and not understanding it; identifying as Swedish while her parents continued to identify as Russian; attending synagogue on Saturdays but not being very religious; attending the religious school of the parish twice a week preparing for confirmation; growing up in the Norrmalm district in Stockholm's inner city; not experiencing antisemitism in school; being aware of the beginning of the war; family members in Latvia and Berlin arriving in Stockholm and living with her family; meeting her husband, Charles, who moved from Norway to Sweden, at a meeting for the SJUF (Scandinavian Jewish Youth Association); getting married in 1943; the deportation of Jews from Norway; learning about the Holocaust from the newspapers; meeting survivors after 1945 in the Jewish associations that she was part of; and how she feels grateful that she was born in Sweden and escaped the Holocaust.

Interviewee
Rosa Koklin
Interviewer
Carolyn Östberg
Date
2017 April 06  (interview)
Geography
creation : Stockholm (Sweden)
Language
Swedish
Extent
1 digital file : MP4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-06-27 15:10:00
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