Interview SummaryLiane Reif-Lehrer discusses her childhood in Vienna, Austria in the 1930s, which was racked by her father's depression and apparent suicide in 1938. She recounts her departure from Europe with her older brother and mother in 1939 aboard the ocean liner St. Louis, on an ill-fated voyage that ended up bringing hundreds of Jewish refugees back to Europe. Some of these, Reif-Lehrer's family included, were taken in by France. She describes her family's stay for two weeks in Loudun, France and then for a year and a half in Limoges, France, paying particular attention to her interactions with German soldiers as well as her and her brother's schooling in Limoges. She recounts their eventual move to New York City, New York, where they took up residence with her aunt.
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