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Oral history interview with Marianne Selinger

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.3 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0238

Marianne Selinger (née Winter), born on September 24, 1921 in Vienna, Austria, discusses her childhood with her father Max, a wounded WW I soldier, and her mother Anna; her education at a public school for gifted children; living in a mixed neighborhood with her younger brother Steven; speaking German at home and learning English at school; being a Junior Champion swimmer; having Jewish and non-Jewish friends and Czech cousins on her mother’s side; being upset at seeing German soldiers marching at the time of the Anschluss; being stopped on the street with her mother and ordered to clean a villa and released soon after; not listening to Hitler’s speeches on the radio; talking to friends about leaving Vienna; corresponding with a pen pal Campfire Girl, Jane Bamberger, who lived in Reading, Pennsylvania and whose parents sent affidavits for Marianne and her family; being sent to Prague, Czech Republic with Steven to stay with relatives; her parents coming two months later; flying to Zurich, Switzerland and then to Genoa, Italy in January 1939; sailing to New York on the SS Conte de Savoia of the Italian Line in February 1939; being met by the Bomberger family (who were not Jewish), who took them to Reading, PA; working as a dressmaker then having her own store; getting married in 1946 and moving to New York; having two children; inheriting real estate in Vienna and living there and in Florida; becoming a widow; remarrying and losing her second husband; and feeling totally American but also feeling that the world has not learned the lessons of the Holocaust.

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Ms. Marianne Selinger
Gail Schwartz
interview:  2015 January
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:45:03
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