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Oral history interview with Herbert Lindemeyer

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.17 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0017

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    Oral history interview with Herbert Lindemeyer


    Interview Summary
    Herbert Lindemeyer, born in Minden, Germany in 1922, describes his father, who owned a pharmacy; antisemitism after Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor; the boycott of Jewish stores in April 1933 and the Nuremberg Laws of 1935; his parents’ discussions of whether to emigrate; Kristallnacht and his father’s incarceration in Buchenwald for a month and the confiscation of his pharmacy by the Nazis; immigrating to England in August 1939 through the help of a British Quaker woman; his internment with thousands of German and Austrian refugees in June 1940 on the Isle of Man; being allowed to leave the internment camp in December 1941; working in a defense job in Manchester, England; getting married in January 1944 to a woman who had traveled to England on the Kindertransport; joining the American Army in October 1945 for an assignment in Germany as an interpreter and mail censor; tracking Werner Von Braun; returning to Minden, where the new owner of his father’s pharmacy had kept papers which helped Herbert obtain restitution; and immigrating to the US in 1948.
    Herbert Lindemeyer
    Eileen Steinberg
    interview:  1983 December 06
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (60 min.).

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    United States. Army

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Herbert Lindemeyer in Philadelphia, Pa., on December 6, 1983. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College on September 26, 1997.
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