Ellen Bernstein oral history interview

Material Information

Ellen Bernstein oral history interview
Series Title:
Holocaust survivors oral history project
Uniform Title:
Holocaust & genocide studies oral history projects
Bernstein, Ellen, 1928-
Klein, Ellen Wilson, 1969-
Florida Holocaust Museum
University of South Florida Libraries -- Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center
University of South Florida -- Library. -- Special & Digital Collections. -- Oral History Program
Place of Publication:
Tampa, Fla
University of South Florida Tampa Library
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
1 sound file (73 min.) : digital, MPEG4 file + ;


Subjects / Keywords:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Germany ( lcsh )
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives ( lcsh )
Antisemitism -- History -- Germany -- 20th century ( lcsh )
Jews -- History -- Germany -- 1933-1945 ( lcsh )
Jews -- Interviews -- United States ( lcsh )
Jewish women -- Interviews -- United States ( lcsh )
Holocaust survivors -- Florida ( lcsh )
Holocaust survivors -- Interviews ( lcsh )
Genocide ( lcsh )
Crimes against humanity ( lcsh )
Oral history. ( local )
Online audio. ( local )
interview ( marcgt )
Oral history ( local )
Online audio ( local )


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.
Interview conducted October 21, 2010.
Statement of Responsibility:
interviewed by Ellen Klein.

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of South Florida Library
Holding Location:
University of South Florida
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
028941507 ( ALEPH )
759997955 ( OCLC )
F60-00049 ( USFLDC DOI )
f60.49 ( USFLDC Handle )

USFLDC Membership

Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project

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