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Oral history interview with Harry Merin

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

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.


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Interviewee
Harry Merin
Interviewer
Stephanie Blyskal
Date
interview:  2008 November 09
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.
 
Record last modified: 2019-12-05 21:27:41
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