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Oral history interview with Walter Steirman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.365 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0365

Walter Steirman discusses his childhood in Reinheim, Germany; his family life; the changes he witnessed and experienced after 1933; his family's move to Berlin, Germany in 1933; his family's decision to send him to the United States in 1935; his journey to New York and the help provided by HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) when he arrived; settling in Chicago, IL with an aunt; his education; the challenges he faced; his induction into the United States Army in 1943; his training; the campaigns he participated in in France; his work as an interpreter interviewing German prisoners of war; his experiences in a liberated concentration camp; his discharge from the army in November 1945; his life after the war; his return to Chicago; and his marriage and family.

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Walter Steirman
Hilde Gattmann
interview:  2001 May 29
1 videocassette (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
Record last modified: 2020-09-01 09:30:13
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