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Oral history interview with Herbert Oppenheimer

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.346.53 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0053

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    Oral history interview with Herbert Oppenheimer


    Interview Summary
    Herbert Oppenheimer, born on January 4, 1926 in Berlin, Germany, describes living with foster parents, who were Seventh-Day Adventists, from the time he was four months old until he was 11; learning his was Jewish at the age of nine for his school; staying in a Jewish orphanage from age 11 until 1940; learning a trade in the orphanage; how he had to join Hitler youth when he lived with his foster parents; how the orphanage was run by the Jewish community center; living with a Jewish family while learning a trade at the age of 14 and the family’s arrest in 1941; receiving help from his foster parents; working for a company making typewriters; how Jews were not allowed to work in the daytime; not having to wear a star badge; being a foreman until August 1942; being arrested and held in a detention center; being sent after four weeks to Camp Ruellhide; working on a railroad for four weeks; being sent to Auschwitz; being mentally prepared for the camp and his survival techniques; being sick in the hospital and advised by the doctor to get out as soon as he could; volunteering to go to another camp; lying about his age and skills as a mechanic; working in a small camp, working on anti-aircraft guns; being sent to Mauthausen in January 1945; being liberated on May 5, 1945 by American troops; the Russian troops taking over and the sexual assault of women camp survivors; being marched by the Russians and escaping with a friend; going to Frankfurt, Germany; meeting his future wife; and immigrating to the United States.
    Herbert Oppenheimer
    interview:  1983 December 18
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

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    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Administrative Notes

    The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (now Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) conducted the interview with Herbert Oppenheimer on December 18, 1983. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch received the tape of the interview from the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois on December 12, 1989.
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