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Oral history interview with Rodolfo Haymann

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.34 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0034

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Rodolfo Haymann, born in 1921 in Berlin, Germany, describes his family; his memories of the persecution of the Jews in Berlin; joining a Zionist youth group; his sympathy for socialists and communists; his Zionist youth group being caught by the S.S. and put under surveillance; his parents’ decision to send him to Eretz Israel (Palestine); his journey to Palestine; working and studying in a kibbutz for seven years; his training with the Palmach; how his parents had visas to Chile but were unable to find passage on a ship; being inducted into the Information Service of Eretz Israel; being appointed as a front-line investigator; his memories of entering Rome, Italy with the British Army and encountering other Jews; being unaware of the extermination camps; the difficulty of celebrating the end of the war after so much tragedy; his memories of finding relatives who survived and relatives who were collaborators; being sent on a mission to Trieste, Italy towards the end of the war and helping Jewish refugees cross the border; visiting Palestine after the war and being given a mission to accompany thousands of German prisoners in Africa back to Germany; his memories of being injured when two Yugoslavian S.S. sympathizers tried to escape; spending three months in a British hospital in Lebanon; his return to the kibbutz and being assigned to obtain maps from the British cartography section; getting a visa to Chile; his recollections of the voyage and the ship’s captain, who reported that he had taken Jewish survivors to Palestine; being under suspicion by the Argentinean authorities; and reuniting with his family.

Interviewee
Rodolfo Haymann
Interviewer
Ximena Hinzpeter
Date
2009 November 27  (interview)
Language
Spanish
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 digital files : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:49:09
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