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Oral history interview with Ingelore Honigstein

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.9.2 | RG Number: RG-50.609.0002

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Ingelore Honigstein, born in 1924 in Rastatt, Germany, discusses her childhood as a Jewish Deaf person in her hometown of Kuppenheim during the 1930s; her recollections of the beginning of Nazi Party activity and subsequent restrictions placed on Jews; learning to speak with a speech therapist and attending the Heidelberg School for the Deaf; her treatment as the only Jewish student and her expulsion from the school; her father’s deportation to Dachau and his miraculous release; being sexual assaulted by members of the Nazi Youth and her ensuing pregnancy; hiding her Deafness in order to obtain a visa to travel to the United States where her great-uncle lived; traveling to Holland from where she sailed with her family to the United States on the Volendam I; finding employment through HIAS; meeting her first husband, Herbert Stiefel, whom she had met before in her hometown in Germany; how her husband fled Germany and encouraged other Deaf people to do the same; how her husband made uniforms for General Eisenhower, General Patton, and Admiral Nimitz; returning to her childhood home in Germany; and telling her story for the first time in 1992 during a Deaf Jewish convention in Washington, DC.

Interviewee
Ingelore Honigstein
Interviewer
Patricia Durr
Joshua Berman
Date
2006  (interview)
Extent
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute of Technology
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