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Oral history interview with Holocaust survivor Ellen Bernstein. Bernstein was born in Bonn, Germany, in 1928. As a child in Germany, she experienced an increasing amount of antisemitism: she and her sister were not allowed to go to public school, children refused to play with them, and, in 1938, one of her father's customers announced that he could no longer frequent her family's business. After that incident, her father decided to immigrate to the United States. With the assistance of cousins who were living in New York, the family was able to leave Germany. Bernstein grew up in the United States and became a teacher. Maintaining her Jewish identity has been extremely important to her, and she is involved in numerous Jewish organizations as well as volunteering at the Florida Holocaust Museum. In this interview, she recounts her family's history in Germany and the United States, and describes some of the Jewish activities in which she has participated. Her son, Jay Kauffman, also participates in this interview.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives, Antisemitism--History--Germany--20th century, Jews--History--Germany--1933-1945, Jews--United States--Interviews, Jewish women--United States--Interviews, Holocaust survivors--Florida, Holocaust survivors--Interviews, Genocide, Crimes against humanity
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Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Germany; Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives; Antisemitism--History--Germany--20th century; Jews--History--Germany--1933-1945; Jews--United States--Interviews; Jewish women--United States--Interviews; Holocaust survivors--Florida; Holocaust survivors--Interviews; Genocide; Crimes against humanity
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University of South Florida
Holocaust survivors oral history project
Bernstein, Ellen, "Ellen Bernstein oral history interview" (2011). Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project. 34.