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Oral history interview with Hildegard Haymann

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.33 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0033

Hilla Haymann (née Hildegard Haymann), born in Berlin, Germany, describes her upper-middle class family; her happy childhood; going to German schools until 1938 when they had to transfer to Jewish schools; how her brother belonged to a Zionist youth movement and in October 1938 left for Palestine; not being permitted to go to school on November 9, 1938; returning home by train and seeing a roundup of Jewish men and the synagogue burning; getting visas from Chile; how she was registered to go with a children’s illegal transport to Palestine via Holland; how she decided to go to Chile instead; how she and her father were mobilized to fortify their building’s bunker but were not allowed to take refuge there; departing for Chile on November 28, 1939; sailing on the Augustus from Geneva; how Pablo Neruda was also on the voyage; being sent to an agricultural settlement; eventually moving to Santiago, Chile; how her brother joined the Israeli Army and the Jewish Brigade and was sent to Rome, Italy for intelligence work; seeing her brother after 10 years apart; and how she never married.

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Haymann, Hildegard
Hinzpeter, Ximena
interview:  2009 September 01
Oral histories.
2 digital files : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
Record last modified: 2022-06-16 10:13:18
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