Doris Colmbs (b. 1928)

Doris Colmbs was born in 1928 in Meiningen, Germany to very upper-class parents: a German Jewish father and a Russian Socialist, American-born mother. She had two older sisters and remembers a very comfortable childhood in Berlin, Germany. As a child, she had little awareness of her Jewish heritage and was only vaguely aware of the dangers associated with being Jewish in 1930’s Germany. In 1938 she and her sisters were expelled from the American school they attended because they were Jewish and very shortly afterwards her parents took the girls and moved to the United States. Doris recalls spending a week at a time in Brussels, Amsterdam, and Paris visiting museums and other cultural centers while on the train bound for Le Havre and the boat that would take the family to America.