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Oral history interview with Peter Aldin

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

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.


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Interviewee
Dr. Peter Aldin
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
interview:  2017 April 26
Geography
creation: Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
 
Record last modified: 2021-12-21 14:42:03
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