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Oral history interview with Marianne Selinger

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

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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.

Interviewee
Ms. Marianne Selinger
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
2015 January  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.
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