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Eva Rappoport Edmands describes packing to leave Vienna for France in 1938

After the German annexation of Austria in March 1938, Eva's family decided to leave Vienna for Paris. Eva and her mother were later trapped in the occupied area of France while her father was in the unoccupied area after the French armistice with Germany in 1940. They were eventually reunited and together tried to find refuge in Switzerland, but were caught by the French police. They received help from a priest in Annecy and survived the war under his protection. After the liberation of France in August 1944, Eva and her parents returned to Paris. In 1946, they immigrated to the United States.



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