Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Irene Sobel - September 8, 1998

Gaining an Interest in College

And your husband?

My husband then was still in Haifa. He had to wait for his brother and for financial arrangements we had to do that, we didn't have much money. Once I uh, got into Manhattan and got into the museums and saw the department stores, that was a very different world. It was kind of overwhelming for me and I was fascinated, I was fascinated. But I was critical of some cultural patterns.

You didn't want to live in New York.

No, I didn't--initially when I came I didn't think that we would live in the States. We came with the idea of earning some money and going back to Israel and buying an apartment. But once I got, once I got to know better the States I really, it was a great temptation and I wanted to go to college, I wanted to study psychology.

You knew all that already.

Yes, I wanted to study psychology. I can't tell you why I was fascinated by the working, but at that time I was thinking the working of the brain, not so much the working of the emotions. Uh, I was fascinated and...

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