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Oral history interview with Ernest G. Heppner

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0474 | RG Number: RG-50.549.01.0023

Ernest Heppner, born in 1921 in Germany, describes the ceremony at the end of the war in Shanghai, China and the jobs he and his wife held with the Shanghai Port Command; the tremendous difficulty they had getting visas to go to the United States; arriving in San Francisco to a very warm welcome; his first job as a typewriter mechanic that eventually led to owning his own corporation; moving to Indianapolis, IL in 1953; selling his first computer in 1964; pioneering medical practitioner equipment and designing custom software; becoming really interested in Holocaust studies in 1954; giving his first public talk about his life in the Shanghai Jewish community on January 15, 1976; publishing his book, “Shanghai Refuge: A Memoir of the World War II Jewish Ghetto,” in 1993; his growing involvement with the civil rights movement, developing a kinship with blacks because of his own experiences; his own changing views on religion, moving towards a simpler definition of what faith is; and his view that Germany today is very open about the Holocaust.

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Heppner, Mr. Ernest Guenter
Gediman, Dan
interview:  1996 September 13
5 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:51:57
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