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Oral history interview with Ernest Loewenstein

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

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    Oral history interview with Ernest Loewenstein

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    Interview Summary
    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
    interview:  2001 October 30

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Genre/Form
    Oral histories.
    Extent
    4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch conducted the interview with Ernest Loewenstein on October 30, 2001. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview in January 2002.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-11-16 08:02:46
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