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Oral history interview with Herbert Stern

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2017.206.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0935

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    Oral history interview with Herbert Stern

    Overview

    Interview Summary
    Herbert Stern was born on September 15, 1930 in Frankfurt Am Main in Germany to Nora Reis and Jacob Stern. He has three three older brothers: Julius (b. 1925), Martin, and Teddy (Theodore). Herbert discusses how his maternal grandparents operated the only Jewish hotel in Frankfurt, called the Hotel Ulmann; his parents meeting at the hotel; his parents marrying in 1924; his father changing careers from a traveling salesman to selling fabrics for a men’s textile business in Frankfurt; his family’s apartment and nanny; family vacations to Switzerland; seeing Nazis and Hitler Youth marching; getting stones thrown at him on his way home from Jewish Day School; his family being Observant; his grandparents’ hotel being destroyed during Kristallnacht; his father getting arrested during Kristallnacht, and being released a few days later to accompany an blind man home; his father fleeing to London on fear of getting arrested again; his family joining his father in London; immigrating to the United States with the help of his maternal aunt, and arriving in New York on 9 December 1938; his family moving to Washington Heights in Manhattan; attending school; his father working with his brother-in-law selling artificial flowers; his brother Julius leaving school to help provide for the family, and never completing his education; his brothers serving in the United States Army; getting drafted during the Korean War; relatives who remained in Europe perishing; his father death in 1968 and his mother’s in 1986; traveling to Germany and Israel in 1986. After the interview, the following photos were shown: 1. The family hotel on Bateman Strasse, 2. Moritz and Sara Stern, his grandparents, in Augsburg, 3. His father and the four sons: Julius, Martin, Teddy and Herbert, 4. Herbert’s wife Margo Stern shows a photo of Matilda Selman Kahn, Margo’s great-grandmother, who died in Baden-Baden in 1939.
    Interviewee
    Herbert Stern
    Interviewer
    Ina Navazelskis
    Date
    interview:  2017 May 08
    Geography
    creation: Englewood (N.J.)

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Genre/Form
    Oral histories.
    Extent
    1 digital file : MPEG-4.

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Stern, Herbert.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    Ina Navazelskis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Herbert Stern on May 8, 2017 in Englewood, NJ.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-16 08:05:40
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