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Oral history interview with Rosa Weinstein

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.165.1 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0213

Rosa Grundberg Weinstein, born in 1935 in Vienna, Austria, describes her childhood; her parents’ grocery store; being frightened when hearing German boots on the pavement; her father taking apart grocery shelves to make trunks for people who were leaving; her father being beaten by Gestapo; their store closing in 1938; getting food at the soup kitchen; getting passage to Trieste, Italy in October 1939; her mother packing the silver, candlesticks, and a duvet; sailing on the Saturnia and watching over two Viennese boys; her father studying English from newspapers on the ship; arriving at Ellis Island, where her mother was forced to strip; going to Taunton, Massachusetts; living in a tenement in Fall River; feeling different in public school; the sad atmosphere in the house; her mother’s death in 1947; becoming Americanized by her teens; getting married; going to Boston University; moving with her husband to New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.; having children; still feeling uneasy when she hears marching sounds; straddling two cultures; and feeling survivor’s guilt.

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Weinstein, Rosa
Schwartz, Gail
interview:  2013 September 19
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2022-06-16 09:51:03
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