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Oral history interview with Heintz Volman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.294 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0294

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Heinz Volman (also spelled Wolman), born in 1920 in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany, recounts being the second of three sons; his father's World War I service in the Russian army and capture in Germany as a prisoner of war (he remained there and established a successful tailoring business); difficulties finding a quorum for his bar mitzvah due to laws against Jews gathering together; his father's trip to Palestine in 1934, then sending his older brother to school there; antisemitic harassment; expulsion from school and an electrician's apprenticeship due to anti-Jewish laws; reluctantly joining his father's business; Nazis vandalizing their home and beating his parents on Kristallnacht and his arrest for defending them; local imprisonment, then transfer to Sachsenhausen with his father; enduring frequent beatings, slave labor, and pointless exercises; his father sharing extra food with him; Martin Niemöller obtaining medication for Jewish prisoners; being released in 1939 based on his pledge to leave Germany; receiving assistance from his father's customer in Berlin during his return home; immigrating to Palestine with his parents via Vienna and Dubrovnik (his younger brother immigrated to Palestine with a children's group); marriage; the births of three children; and receiving compensation for his family's home and for injuries received in Sachsenhausen, which he visited with his daughter. (He shows photographs.)

Interviewee
Heintz Volman
Date
1996 October 10  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
2 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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