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Oral history interview with Beba Leventhal and anonymous interviewee

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1572 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1572

Beba Leventhal discusses her experiences in Vilna, Poland (now Vilnius, Lithuania), during WWII; living for two years in the Vilna ghetto; spending two years in concentration camps, including Kaiserwald and Stutthof; going to Sweden after the war to recover from various illnesses; immigrating to the United States; how she coped with her experience after the war; living in California; meeting her husband and having a family; and visiting Vilnius with her daughter and finding it vastly changed since she had been there.
Beba speaks in Russian with another guest at the conference and translates from Russian: the unidentified woman discusses leaving Russia because of the terrible atmosphere of antisemitism, unfair hiring and firing, and other unbearable policies; working as a music teacher; her husband’s work as a writer; having an economically a good life; and during the war her husband stayed as a reporter in Leningrad (Saint Petersburg, Russia) while she was evacuated with their children to the East.


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Interviewee
Beba Leventhal
Date
interview:  1981 June 15
Geography
creation: Israel.
Language
English
Russian
Extent
1 sound recording : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties