Krista Fuchs was born in Poland in 1937 and lived in a Polish children’s home until she was five years old. Then she and her mother and stepfather moved to Germany. She worked on a farm in East Germany and studied agriculture until she was 16. Thereafter, she and her mother illegally traveled to West Germany where she worked in a hospital. She applied to the United States after being sponsored by her mother’s sister. Her aunt intended to adopt her because they had no children and her mother struggled financially. After coming to the U.S., she worked in a factory in Cleveland, became pregnant with her boss’s child, and they got married after their first child was born in 1962. After the factory closed, her husband opened his own store selling televisions and radios, while she worked several jobs to support their family. Eventually, she divorced and married her good friend Fritz. She spent a lot of her time with him and her friends traveling around the country. Her final job was working for the Greater Beneficial Union (GBU) selling insurance.


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Fuchs, Krista (interviewee)


Donaldson, Hannah (interviewer)


Cleveland German-American Oral History Project



Document Type

Oral History


58 minutes

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