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Oral history interview with Heinz Bohm

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.48 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0048

Heinz Bohm, born October 8, 1922 in Duisburg, Germany, discusses his childhood; the religious community in her town; living in Duisburg until the age of 16; not much public antisemitism until after the Nuremberg laws’ implementation in 1935; the first wave of mass arrests of Polish Jews after November 1938; being arrested on November 9th and being held in prison for one week; returning to find his home destroyed, his mother sick, and his father having been shipped to Dachau; evacuating to Utrecht, Netherlands with his parents in a children’s transport; leaving Holland in May 1943; going first to Belgium, then to Switzerland, where he was interned in a work camp; moving to a refugee camp in Switzerland; being in three refugee camps before getting a scholarship to the University of Basel; getting papers from Central America so his parents could emigrate; receiving a letter saying that his parents and brother were deported from Westerbork to Sobibor, where they died; going to university in Basel, Switzerland from 1944 until late 1948; going to Munich, Germany but feeling uncomfortable in Germany, so deciding to emigrate from Germany to Australia; and his life in Australia.

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Bohm, Heinz
interview:  1989 May 06
1 sound cassette.
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Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:11:16
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