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Oral history interview with Harry Thalheimer

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

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

Interviewee
Harry Thalheimer
Date
1989 September 19  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:23:36
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