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Oral history interview with Henry Blumenfeld

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.101 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0623

Henry (Heinz) Blumenfeld, born in Amsterdam, Holland, on May 31, 1925, discusses his father Erwin Blumenfeld, who was a renowned artist and photographer; his father’s autobiography “Jadis et Daguerre;” his family’s move to Paris, France in 1936; his father’s internment in Montbard-Marmagne, transfer to Le Vernet, and eventual release; his sister Lisette’s internment in Gurs and release; the family receiving visas in Marseille, France from the American Consul; their travel from France to Casablanca, Morocco in 1941; being sent to the camp of Sidi el-Ajachi, near Azemmour, Morocco; finding passage on a Portuguese steamship to the United States; arriving in New York City, NY in August 1941; adjusting to a somewhat carefree life in the US after living under difficult conditions; attending high school in New York; his entrance into Bard College; being called up as a laboratory technician in the US Army from 1943 to 1945; how he helped disembark German prisoners of war in the port of Charleston, SC; graduating cum laude from Harvard and being denied access into medical school because of Jewish quotas ; his shift to a physics doctorate; his research with elementary particles in cloud chambers; his work at Johns Hopkins, M.I.T., and Princeton; his marriage to photographer Kathleen Levy-Barnett, who had assisted his father; his return to France in the mid-1960s to work on research at the French national scientific center Bure-sur-Yvette; and his and his daughter’s work on making his father’s photography known.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Dr. Henry Blumenfeld
Peggy Frankston
interview:  2011 May 27
3 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:24:06
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