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Ruth Oppenheim memoirs

Document | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.0607

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    Description
    The Ruth Oppenheim memoirs contains a two memoirs. One entitled "The Sewing Kit," relating to experiences in Nazi Germany prior her family's immigration to the United States in 1940, and an article entitled "Kristallnacht: How It Was," which recalls her experience during the Kristallnacht pogrom of November 1938.
    Date
    inclusive:  1985-1994
    Collection Creator
    Ruth Oppenheim
    Biography
    Ruth Heimann Oppenheim was born in 1927 in Werne, Germany to Albert and Rosa Heimann. She had three siblings: Julia, Hannah, and Herbert. Her family was one of only several Jewish families in the community, and owned a prosperous butcher shop and sausage factory. During the Kristallnacht, Albert plead with the mob to take him but spare his family, and he was taken to the marketplace and beaten. After that event, the family attempted to immigrate to the United States. Ruth’s Uncle Ernst, Aunt Berta, and cousin Helmut had received affidavits first, but the consul declared Ernst unfit due to a knee injury he had suffered years before. The Heimann family meanwhile received affidavits, but required more for their larger family. Ernst and Berta gave up theirs so the Heimann family could travel. Julia and Albert immigrated in 1939, and the rest of the family joined them in the United States in 1940. Ernst, Berta, Helmut were transported to Izbica in 1941, where they were killed.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Extent
    1 folder
    System of Arrangement
    The Ruth Oppenheim memoirs are arranged as a single series.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The Ruth Oppenheim memoirs were donated to the United States Holocaust Memoiral Museum in 1995 by Ruth Oppenheim.
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    2023-09-15 09:27:10
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