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Oral history interview with Harry Thalheimer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.745 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0745

Harry Thalheimer discusses his childhood in Darmstadt, Germany; the antisemitism he encountered after the Nazi regime rose to power; his family's unsuccessful attempts to leave Germany; the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938, when he was arrested for rescuing Jewish holy books from a burning synagogue; the horrific conditions he experienced when he was interned in Buchenwald concentration camp; his release and the immigration of his family to the United States, with the exception of his young sister who was disabled; learning of his sister’s placement in an orphanage and her later deportation, with an aunt, to Bergen-Belsen, where they perished; adjusting to life in the United States; being placed under quarantine in San Francisco, CA because he and his family were German; being drafted into the army; and serving as a translator for German prisoners of war.

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Harry Thalheimer
Peter Ryan
interview:  1989 September 19
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: 2020-11-17 15:18:12
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