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Oral history interview with Inger Josephson

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.553.4 | RG Number: RG-50.998.0004

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Inger Josephson, born in 1928 in Stockholm, Sweden, describes her parents, Gunnar Josephson and Maud Ellen Gabrielle Boheman; being the youngest of four siblings (she had three brothers, Åke, Carl, and Erland); her maternal grandmother who was Jewish; her father, who was the CEO of Sandberg's Bookstore in Stockholm; her father's role from 1937 to 1962 as the chairman and leader of the Mosaic Assembly (which is what the Jewish Assembly in Stockholm was called); her father's involvement in the community's relief work for Europe's Jews during the period 1933-1945; her father's brother, Ragnar, who was a professor of art history, a member of the Swedish Academy, and at one time director of the Dramatic Theater; her family belonging to Stockholm's Jewish bourgeoisie as well as the Swedish cultural elite; not attending the synagogue as a family and not celebrating Jewish holidays; having a Christmas tree; not experiencing antisemitism; hosting a German Jewish girl during the war, which Inger did not appreciate as a teenager; feeling guilty later about how she treated this woman when they were young; her memories of Kristallnacht; how the stress of the war has stayed with her; going to Paris, France in 1949 and working as a social worker for a year; meeting many Holocaust survivors; and living with 30 other students from around the world as they helped with the refugee relief efforts in Paris.

Interviewee
Inger Josephson
Interviewer
Carolyn Östberg
Date
2017 April 19  (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 15:09:54
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