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Oral history interview with Peter Aldin

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2017.198.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0926

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    Oral history interview with Peter Aldin


    Interview Summary
    Peter Aldin was born Peter Abendstern on 29 October 1932 in Schwerin, Germany to Otto and Elly Abendstern. His father worked for Adler and Oppenheimer, a leading leather manufacturer Peter discusses the family leaving Schwerin for Hamburg around 1933, and then to Luxembourg in 1938; his father getting arrested in Belgium in May 1940 while on a business trip; his father being sent to Les Milles concentration camp, and Peter and his mother moving near there to be close; his mother going into hiding; getting placed in a children’s home in Font-Romeu; his father getting deported to Auschwitz where he perished; attending Petit Lycée de Toulouse after the war; his mother marrying Adolf Fleishmann, a non-Jewish German abstract painter who was interned at Les Milles before escaping in 1940; reconnecting with his classmates via the internet; immigrating to the United States in 1952 with a visa obtained through his uncle; settling in Kansas, City, MO where his mother and stepfather soon joined him; receiving his Ph.D in clinical psychology from Clark University; setting up a private practice in New York; seeing “survivor syndrome” in patients and himself; marrying twice and having two children; and writing a memoir.
    Dr. Peter Aldin
    Ina Navazelskis
    interview:  2017 April 26
    creation: Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)

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    Ina Navazelskis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Dr. Peter Aldin on April 26, 2017 in Manhattan, NY.
    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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