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Oral history interview with Carmen Barros

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.6 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0006

Carmen Aida Barros Alfonso, born January 7, 1925 in Ñuñoa, Santiago, Chile, describes growing up as the daughter of Tobías Barros, the Chilean ambassador to Germany; arriving in Berlin, Germany June 15, 1940, the day after Paris fell to the Germans, and being received by the charge d’afairs and Chilean writer, Carlos Morla Lynch; how lack of lights at night during that time marked her for life; the ambassador’s house and the use of the basement as a bunker; the xenophobic attitudes of her German classmates; being home-schooled; her family’s trip to Paris, France, where they met other Chileans; hiding a Jewish friend of their maid for three months; how after her father’s post in Berlin ended they traveled to Biarritz, France and Lisbon, Portugal before boarding the Cabo de Hornos in Cadiz, Spain and returning to Chile; and Lynch’s role in the transfer of Jews from Germany to Switzerland after the war.

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Barros, Carmen
Stekel, Alejandra Morales
interview:  2011 September 09
Oral histories.
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
Record last modified: 2022-06-16 10:13:15
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