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Oral history interview with Ava Schönberg

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

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.

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Dr. Ava Schonberg
Julie Kopel
interview:  2014 July 21
2 digital files : MP3.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:44:51
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