Born on January 20th, 1942, Maria Huppert was born in Transylvania but moved to Germany at a young age where she worked in farms until adolescence when her family was sponsored to come to the United States in Cleveland, Ohio. When Maria Huppert first arrived in the country she was suffering from mumps and had to spend a short period of time quarantined in a hospital. She did not speak English at the time. She and her family grew up in the United States with close ties to the Lutheran Church. During her time in American schools as a child she experienced verbal harassment from her peers due to her status as a German immigrant. She was able to best connect with people in the United States by keeping in touch with her ancestry and joining communities that had fellow ethnic Germans.
Huppert, Maria (interviewee)
Parcham, Deborah (interviewer)
Cleveland German-American Oral History Project
"Maria Huppert interview, 18 September 2021" (2021). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 195018.
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