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Oral history interview with Harry Merin

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2008.372 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0555

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    Oral history interview with Harry Merin


    Interview Summary
    Harry Arnold Merin, born December 9, 1941 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, discusses his family; his sister (born in Holland after the war) and a brother (born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana); his father’s advertising work; his parents, who hid with families in Broek in Waterland, Netherlands during the war; his parents being captured and escaping at one point; being taken at the age of two and a half to a camp with 50 other children; being in Theresienstadt and Bergen-Belsen; being in a camp in Germany for six months after the war; being in Hilversum, Netherlands when his father found him; keeping kosher and attending synagogue services; his family’s move to Germany; his father’s support of the family by selling women’s clothes and shoes all over Europe; his parents socializing with other survivors; going with his family to New Orleans, LA in 1951; the fate of his extended families; living in St. Louis, MO and Detroit, MI; studying interior decorating at Purdue University; his struggles with English; getting married in 1971; his three children; visiting Holland; his mother, who continues to have nightmares related to the war; and the impact the war has had on him.
    Harry Merin
    Stephanie Blyskal
    interview:  2008 November 09

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    1 digital file : WAV.

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    Personal Name
    Merin, Harry.

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch conducted the interview with Harry Merin on November 9, 2008. The interview was received by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives Branch in January 2010.
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