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Oral history interview with Börje Eliasson

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.553.8 | RG Number: RG-50.998.0008

Börje Eliasson, born in 1927 in Stockholm, Sweden, describes his family; the family's large apartment and houseboat; his two sisters, one of whom was much older; his mother, who was born in Stockholm; his maternal grandmother, who grew up in Sundsvall, Sweden, where her father was a teacher and butcher; his maternal grandparents' move to Sthlm; his paternal grandparents, who arrived in Lund in the 1880s; growing up in a very religious, Orthodox family, originally from Poland; the family's original Polish name, Bashewsky, which they changed to Eliasson; attending the synagogue on Warendorfsgatan; attending the religious school of the Jewish Assembly; having a bar mitzvah and being confirmed; having some non-Jewish friends; being part of the scouts; participating in Jewish associations, including being involved in the SJUF (Skandinavisk Judiska Ungdoms Förening), where he was the editor of the association magazine; his great commitment to Rodef Chesed; his family's discussion on Nazism and what was happening in Germany; his parents and grandparents being very engaged in the war; his experiences with antisemitism at school; the occupation of Denmark and Norway in 1940 and the wave of Jewish refugees coming to Sweden; being involved when the refugees arrived; hosting two girls in their home; the children's homes where Jewish children who survived lived; living with survivors, but reacted strongly only when he saw pictures from Auschwitz on the cinema; marrying a Jewish woman; never thinking of moving to Israel; and his children, who attended a Jewish school, and their engagement with Judaism.

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Börje Eliasson
Carolyn Östberg
interview:  2017 April 20
creation: 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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