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Oral history interview with Ruth K. Heiman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.362 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0598

Ruth Heiman, born December 31, 1923, discusses her parents’ textile business in Germany; her father’s work in Louisiana before World War I; her mother’s job as a chemist working for the German equivalent to General Electric; experiencing antisemitism as a child; refusing to attend German high school, and instead attending a Jewish high school; how her younger brother was sent to Palestine; leaving on the Kindertransport; being harassed by Nazis on the train; arriving in London; being taken in by a Jewish family; how her foster family was poor and her foster mother was volatile; memories about the outbreak of the war while in London; living with the foster family for a year and half; being interned on the Isle of Man because she was 16 years old and considered an enemy alien; how much she enjoyed living on the Isle of Man; the presence of German nuns on the Isle of Man, and how one of them was a male spy; the family she lived with after her internment on the Isle of Man; the death of her parents in Sobibor; attending dressmaking school; arriving in the United States on January 1, 1947; getting married and raising a family; thoughts about her parents; and her life in the United States.

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Ms. Ruth K. Heiman
Ada Valaitis
interview:  2010 October 16
2 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:40:24
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