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Oral history interview with Walter L. Heyman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.322 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0322

Walter Heyman childhood in Dortmund, Westphalia, Germany; his family's flight from Germany to the Hague, Holland in 1936; his brief attendance at a boarding school in England and his return to Holland; his father's immigration to England, where he was trapped by the outbreak of war and unable to successfully bring his family, and where he died in 1943; the invasion of the Netherlands by Nazi Germany; the family's evacuation from the Hague; enduring antisemitic incidents; witnessing roundups and deportations; the family's forced move to Amsterdam in 1942; his brief arrest with his mother; his mother’s decision that they should go into hiding; his experiences in hiding in a home in Hamstaaden from May 1943 to May 1945, where he and his mother received help from the Dutch resistance; his post-war experiences; studying in Holland and England; immigrating to the United States in 1947 to study engineering at Columbia University in New York City; and his family life and career.

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Interviewee
Walter L. Heyman
Interviewer
Peter Ryan
Elizabeth Ryan
Date
interview:  1996 May 01
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
 
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