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Oral history interview with Kurt Heimann

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.176.1 | RG Number: RG-50.928.0001

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Kurt Heimann, born December 7, 1912 in Berlin, Germany, describes being barred from advancing in his early career because of the German antisemitic laws in the 1930s; his family life; meeting and marrying his wife (Lotte Grünfeld); escaping Berlin, Germany via train on September 16, 1940 with his wife, parents, and brother (Gerhard); arriving in Shanghai, China; life in the Shanghai Ghetto with other Jewish refugees; conditions in the ghetto, including the starvation, cramped quarters, diseases, poverty, and bombings; relying on his upholstery trade to support his family; going to the United States in 1948 with his wife and son (Manfred Leo); settling in Denver, CO; the birth of his daughter (Giselle) in 1954; and his community in the Colorado Rockies.

Kurt Heimann
Giselle Heimann Ratain
1988  (interview)
1 digital file : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Giselle Heimann Ratain