Oral History Interview with L. I. Anonymous

L.I. born November 1923, lived in Bucharest, Romania before, during and after World War II. She relates her family history, her experiences growing up in Bucharest and her education at Catholic, public, and Medical schools. She cites several instances of discrimination against herself and other Jewish students.

She describes increasing antisemitism and restrictions against Jews, even those who converted, and their effect on the Jewish community and her own life. Her father lost his job. L.I. went to Onescu, a Jewish medical school staffed by Jewish teachers, and interned at Jewish hospitals. Both L.I. and her father worked at forced labor.
L.I. talks about conditions in the Jewish community, random killings of Jews, and brutality by the Iron Guard, but that many Jewish institutions continued to function. After the war, her family got their house-which was confiscated in December, 1941-back. She completed her medical education. Jewish students were allowed to attend schools but were not fully accepted. L. I. was not allowed to leave Romania once she became a doctor but she and her husband were able to leave as part of an exchange program in 1978 and came to the United States in 1979.

Date: 11/04/1984
Interviewer: Josey G. Fisher
Interviewee: L. I. Anonymous
Language: English
Subject: World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish
Location: Husi, Romania
Bucharest, Romania
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