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Oral history interview with Lore Hepner

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.36 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0036

Lore Eva Hepner Halbershtam, born July 23, 1929 in Berlin, Germany, describes her family; leaving Berlin at age 9; her happy childhood; how her family was not particularly observant; attending a public school and how she was requested to leave; attending the Dr. Leonore Goldschmidt Schule; how life was good for the family until November 10, 1938; seeing the impact of Kristallnacht on the way to school, including the destroyed Jewish stores and the smoke rising from a nearby synagogue that had been burned; her father being rounded up with other Jewish men and sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp; her mother finding visas for the family to Cuba; being afraid of her father when he returned from the camp after six weeks; being put on a kinder transport to Holland; living with her siblings in a camp near Rotterdam for three months; her parents’ leaving Germany in May 1939; sailing on the Orduna in first class from Liverpool, England; the death of her paternal grandmother in Germany in 1942; arriving in Havana, Cuba the day after the St. Louis and not being allowed to disembark; continuing on to Valparaiso, Chile; being helped by people in first class to get visas for Chile; being financially assisted by a relative in the United States for a few years; living in Santiago, Chile; her schooling; corresponding with relatives in Holland; and her life in Chile.

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Hepner, Lore Eva
Solowiejczyk, Ilana
interview:  2011 May 10
Oral histories.
2 digital files : 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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