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Oral history interview with Hans Heimann

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0091

Hans Heimann, born on May 28, 1920 in Vienna, Austria, describes his family and childhood; having little contact with the Viennese Jewish community; abruptly encountering antisemitism when Hitler came to power and having to immediately drop out of school; his memories of Kristallnacht; leaving with his parents in 1939 to live in Venice, Italy and then Genoa, Italy; being deported with his father to a small village in the Salerno province, where they had a pleasant but secluded lifestyle; his father’s death and moving in with his mother in Potenza, Italy; teaching English lessons to make a living; the arrival of the British Eighth Army under General Mark Clark and working as an interpreter for the Allied Military Government of Occupied Territories; working for the American Joint Distribution committee after 1945 and helping to organize displaced persons camps; and his recollections of other various experiences during the war.

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Hans Heimann
Linda G. Kuzmack
interview:  1990 October 18
Oral histories.
1 videocassette (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:51:31
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