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Oral history interview with Inger Josephson

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

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.

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Inger Josephson
Carolyn Östberg
interview:  2017 April 19
creation: Stockholm (Sweden)
1 digital file : MP4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:53:43
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