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Oral history interview with Fritz Heine

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.67.37 | RG Number: RG-50.012.0037

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

Fritz Heine, born on December 6, 1904 in Hanover, Germany, describes his family and childhood; losing his mother during World War I; joining the Social Democratic Party in the 1920s; becoming the Joint Secretary of the Social Democratic Party when he was 21 years old; the Social Democratic Party being outlawed in 1933; the organization of the suppressed political parties in Nazi Germany; being chief of propaganda for the SDP; how the SDP continued during the Nazi reign; how his main effort was protecting the party, although he helped some Jews; helping about 100 to 150 people to escape; his efforts translating German newspapers, telegraphs, etc. for the British; his capture and internment for subversive political activities in 1940; escaping to Spain and then Portugal; attending the first conference of the liberated Social Democratic Party in October 1945; remaining as an executive member of the Social Democratic Party until 1958; and getting married to a politically active woman in 1961.

Interviewee
Fritz Heine
Interviewer
Gay Block
Malka Drucker
Date
1988 July 26  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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