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Oral history interview with Rosa Weinstein

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

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    Oral history interview with Rosa Weinstein


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Rosa Weinstein
    Gail Schwartz
    interview:  2013 September 19

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    1 digital file : WAV.

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    Saturnia (Ship)

    Administrative Notes

    Gail Schwartz, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the interview with Rosa Weinstein in Chevy Chase, MD on September 19, 2013.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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