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Oral history interview with Frederick Wertheimer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.874 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0874

Frederick Wertheimer, born December 30, 1920 in Mannheim, Germany, discusses the public school and his childhood; going to the commercial school to learn a trade; learning Hebrew and Spanish; the Jewish children in his school; the Nazi professor being antisemitic; starting Jewish school; seizing Jewish property and closing businesses; moving around to find work but experiencing antisemitism; being warned about Kristallnacht and staying with a friend; the events during Kristallnacht and destruction caused; the lack of support from the police; being deported in buses during Kristallnacht; attempting to retain Jewish traditions on Shabbat; immigrating to the United States; adjusting to American life; not being allowed in the army due to being an alien enemy until 1943; and his life in Philadelphia.

Interviewee
Frederick Wertheimer
Interviewer
Jerry Freimark
Date
1999 April 08  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound recording : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, gift of the Holocaust Oral History Archive of Gratz College
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Record last modified: 2018-08-09 15:57:34
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