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Oral history interview with Annelise Hentschel

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.35 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0035

Annelise Hentschel, born in Berlin, Germany in 1921, discusses her divorced parents; her parents’ leather factory; living with her grandmother; attending a public school; being a rhythmic gymnast and taking part in the 1936 Berlin Olympics; being in the youth group at her synagogue; vacationing in Sweden, Holland, and Switzerland; graduating from school and being trained in the leather factory; how the Nazis took over the factory and sold all the merchandise in a public auction; doing forced labor in a different leather factory for eight months; working as a the personal assistant of the Argentinean ambassador until Argentina cut diplomatic ties with Germany and she was fired; her mother’s deportation; working at a New Year’s party at the Chilean embassy, where the guests were the top diplomats in Germany and also Germany’s top generals, and how at the end of the party a false report circulated that General Paulus had taken Sebastopol; the auction of her home and being kicked out of the auction; returning to the Chilean embassy and being sent to a castle that was safe from the Allie’s bombardment; how the Chilean ambassador tried to get her a German passport; leaving Germany in October for Biarritz, France; being exchanged for 25 German prisoners in Lisbon, Portugal and being allowed to proceed to Chile; and being imprisoned on the ship by British officers and interrogated.

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Hentschel, Annelies
Berdichevsky, Andrea
interview:  2011 June 02
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 10:13:19
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