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Oral history interview with Heinz Bohm

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

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    Oral history interview with Heinz Bohm


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Heinz Bohm
    interview:  1989 May 06
    Credit Line
    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.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

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    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Bohm, Heinz, 1922-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Heinz Bohm for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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