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Oral history interview with Heinz Kochman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.519 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0519

Heinz Kochman discusses his childhood in Breslau, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland) in an Orthodox Jewish community; the death of his mother in 1937; his memories of the Nazi boycott against Jewish merchants; the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938; his experiences on that night; being taken from a Jewish camp preparing youth for immigration to Palestine and arrested; the murder of one of the campers; being sent to Sachsenhausen concentration camp; his experiences in the camp; his release and flight from Germany to Shanghai, China in April 1939 with his father and brother; his experiences in China; working in Tientsin (Tianjin); his brother's education in Beijing; the family's immigration to the United States in 1947; the difficulties in finding work; his marriage, family, and business career; and his return to Poland in 1987 to visit his mother's grave.

Heinz Kochman
Anne G. Saldinger
interview:  2002 July 15
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: 2020-03-26 09:35:27
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