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Oral history interview with Heintz Volman

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

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.)

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Heintz Volman
interview:  1996 October 10
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
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:29:11
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