Jewish survivors of the Holocaust
Anonymous, 1932- (6 of 9) The Living Memory of the Jewish Community
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1988-11-10, 1988-11-17 and 1988-12-01
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Anonymous, 1932- (speaker, female)
Glassman, Gaby (speaker, male)
Part 6: She started working as a nurse at the age of 16 at a children's orthopaedic hospital; and she got general nursing training at a local hospital. At that time she also had her first relationship with opposite sex. After being qualified as a nurse, she did 6 months midwifery. Subsequently at 21, was trained as a psychiatric social worker at the London School of Economics. Description of her feelings when she first started living away from her foster home. She received psychiatric treatment once a week for two years during her period at LSE from a University psychiatrist. After her training she was offered a job at King's College Hospital. She changed to Middlesex Hospital after four years. While she was satisfied with her job achievements she felt a increasing loneliness and developed glandular fever (mononucleosis). She met her husband, a microbiologist, over lunch in hospital canteen. He is not Jewish so they had a civil wedding.
Interviewee's note: interviewee was born in Prague, in a non-practising Jewish family, agnostic. Detailed account of early life and childhood. German invasion of Czechoslovakia; Kindertransport. She arrived in England the 20th of July 1939. Description of a difficult life with foster family. 1947 visit to Prague and Terezin. She was told by aunt and uncle that her parents had died in a concentration camp. She became a nurse and trained as a psychiatric social worker at London School of Economics. She married a non-Jew. Discussion about her children's "Jewishness". Subsequent life and family, feelings about separation from her children. Hostility towards Germans, effect of Holocaust on her whole life.