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Oral history interview with Ernest Loewenstein

Oral History | Accession Number: 2001.253 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0419

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Ernest Loewenstein, born in Koblenz, Germany on May 28, 1926, discusses growing up in a moderately religious home with his brother, parents, and grandparents; going to school until 1937 when antisemitism began to affect his family; having to leave school and see his father’s business closed in November 1938; the arrest of his father, who was sent to Dachau for a few weeks; traveling with his brother to Belgium to live with German families who had earlier relocated there; the travel visa that his parents received to go through England to the United States; the German invasion of Belgium and having to take care of his brother while living in the attic of a house; moving in with a German lady and getting a job in a bakery; going to Berlin, Germany, where he and his brother stayed in the Jewish Home for the aged; going to the American consulate to get a transit visa through Spain to reunite with his parents in the United States; learning that most of his family that had remained in Koblenz died; his experiences leaving a German-occupied country and going into Spain; his maturation during his immigration to the United States and while he took care of his brother; arriving in New York, NY to meet his parents and settling into life in America; his draft into the US Army when he turned eighteen; learning about the concentration camps while he was overseas fighting; and returning to America to start a new life working in the agricultural business and starting a family.

Interviewee
Ernest Loewenstein
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
2001 October 30  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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