Oral History Interview with Lisa G. Tyre

Lisa Tyre was born February 1, 1929 in Vienna, Austria into an assimilated Jewish family. Her father, an attorney, served in the Austrian army in World War I. The family experienced no antisemitism until March 1938. Lisa describes the escalating effects of anti-Jewish measures and activities on her parents and herself and witnessed two instances of brutality against Jews. In the summer of 1938 her father was interrogated and beaten by the GESTAPO. A client, who was a Nazi officer, arranged for his safe return and also helped the family to obtain exit visas. The family left for England in September 1938 – helped by the Sassoon family – and moved to Christ Church, New Zealand six months later. The family went to the United States in November 1946, under the Czech quota and stayed for two weeks in the Congress House a shelter for refugees run by the American Jewish Congress. Lisa describes the difficult emigration process, and her family’s life and adjustment problems in England, New Zealand and the United States. Lisa attributes her rejection of Judaism and her distrust of organized religion to some of her experiences in New Zealand and the Congress House, and her bitterness to the loss of over 50 relatives during the Holocaust.

Date: 02/24/1981
Interviewer: Josey G. Fisher
Interviewee: Lisa G. Tyre
Language: English
Subject: Americanization.
Holocaust survivors.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Austria--Personal narratives.
Jewish families.
Jewish women in the Holocaust.
World War, 1939-1945--Refugees.
Women--Personal narratives.
Location: Vienna, Austria
England, United Kingdom
Christ Church, New Zealand
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