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Oral history interview with Jack Heiman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.346.28 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0028

Jack Heiman, born in 1920 in Demmelsdorf, Germany, describes his family history; the increase in antisemitism in Demmelsdorf in 1929; relations between the Jews and non-Jews; his father’s death in 1934; going to Hamburg, Germany for school; attending a private Jewish school in a suburb of Nuremburg from 1930 to 1935; experiencing abusive antisemitism; visiting relatives in Chicago, IL and make arrangements to get his family affidavits; learning the shoe trade in 1935 twenty minutes from downtown Hanover; the Nuremburg laws; the events on Kristallnacht, including the destruction of the Jewish stores and synagogue; the confiscation of Jewish possessions and homes; his mother having to leave her home; going to England in March 1939; his sisters in Chicago; pleading with his mother to leave Germany, which she did in late August 1939; going to the United States; and his hope that history will not repeat itself.

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Heiman, Jack
interview:  1988 November 26
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:43:56
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