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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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Lyn Hill, 2013 August 22

Biographical note

Lyn Hill was born to German Jewish parents and raised in Queens, New York. Hill received a B.A. and an M.A. from Queens College, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center at City University of New York, both located in New York City. She worked as a costume designer, theatre educator and historian, and hospital administrator.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Hill discusses her childhood in the Inwood and Forest Hills neighborhoods of Queens; courtship and marriage to her Christian husband; parents' flight from Nazi Germany; career in theater and costume design; and suffering from Graves' Disease, an immune system disorder. Interview conducted by Abigail Ettelman.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online on the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations website: The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • Christians -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Education -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Graves' disease
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Interfaith families
  • Interfaith marriage
  • Jews, American -- New York (State) -- Queens County
  • Jews, German -- New York (State) -- Queens County
  • Theaters -- New York (State)

Subject Places

  • Forest Hills (New York, N.Y.)
  • Inwood (New York, N.Y.)
  • Park Slope (New York, N.Y.)