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Oral history interview with Gerda Gross

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.30 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0030

Gerda Gross, born in Breslau, Germany (Wroclaw, Poland) in 1912, describes her Bavarian father, who peddled merchandise; how her father and mother were married in 1910; how her father went to fight in WWI; attending school for 10 years; how the family was observant; how in her religiously mixed school the rabbi taught religion and how the majority of the children were Evangelists; being prevented from studying when Hitler came to power; working in a children’s clothing factory owned by Jews until she was dismissed for being a Jew; being prevented from working in gentile-owned stores because of the laws in 1937; how some Germans tried to help her family, but she turned them down; being married on October 6, 1938 by Rabbi Hoffman in a small synagogue, which was burned to the ground that night; leaving for Chile in 1939; how on Kristallnacht, while walking in the street with her husband, they were told to hurry up because they could not be seen outside; deciding to leave Germany and traveling with her husband’s family to Valparaiso, Chile; the fates of her parents; living in Concepción, Chile; the birth of her son; moving to Santiago, Chile when her son found work there; visiting Germany once after the war; how she feels that antisemitism is reemerging; hearing slurs against the Jews in Chile; her thoughts on Jewish children today; and the high rate of mixed marriages.

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Gerda Gross
Alejandra Nudman
interview:  2010 November 22
Oral histories.
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:44:08
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