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

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Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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Svetlana Kitto, 2014 June 5

Biographical note

Svetlana Kitto was born to a Latvian American mother and an English father in London, England and raised in Los Angeles, California. Kitto received a B.A. in English and creative writing from Mills College in Oakland, California and an M.A. in oral history from Columbia University in New York City. She worked as a copyeditor and oral historian.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Kitto discusses her childhood in Los Angeles, California; commitment to activism; sexual orientation; interest in creative writing; maternal grandparents' experiences as Holocaust survivors; father's childhood experiences at an alternative school; and parents' courtship, marriage, and divorce. Interview conducted by Manissa Maharawal.

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

  • Drug addiction -- California -- Los Angeles
  • Education -- California
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Queer identity

Subject Places

  • United States |x Emigration and immigration
  • England
  • Latvia
  • Los Angeles (Calif.)