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Oral history interview with Ava Schönberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.232.1 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0232

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Ava Schonberg (née Eva Schonberg), born January 18th, 1937 in Antwerp, Belgium, discusses her extremely Orthodox upbringing in a home that spoke French, Yiddish, and Flemish; her mother having fake papers saying she and her two sisters were ill and could not travel to avoid deportation; her father being taken by the Gestapo in 1942 and being killed in a concentration camp; being hidden separately from her sisters in Brussels; staying in a convent; being smuggled into Switzerland in April 1944, staying in a refugee camp and then with a family in Zurich until the end of the war; being placed in an orphanage until her mother remarried an extremely Orthodox Rabbi; moving to the United States in 1953; helping to organize the International Conference of Child Survivors in 1991; working in a science lab at Columbia University for 36 years; feeling the absence of her extended family; blocking out bad memories of the war; and reflecting upon the way her restrictive, Orthodox upbringing affected her later in life.

Interviewee
Dr. Ava Schonberg
Interviewer
Julie Kopel
Date
2014 July 21  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
digital file : WAV.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:10:15
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