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Oral history interview with Carlos Heymann

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.39 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0039

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Carlos Heyman, born in Vienna, Austria in 1920, describes living with his family in Czernowitz, Romania (Chernivtsi, Ukraine); speaking several languages, including Ruthenian, German, and Yiddish; his family observing only the main Jewish holidays; attending public school; being in student associations and going to organized activities in the town and hikes in the Carpathian Mountains; having a horse and loving to ride; living in Czernowitz until the age of 19 when he completed the first year of medical school; hearing that bad times were approaching for Jews and deciding to stop his studies; the prevalence of antisemitism even before Hitler’s rise; deciding to immigrate to Chile because he could not withstand the anti-Jewish laws and was afraid of being inducted into the army; his family’s powdered milk factory in Romania, which was overburdened with special taxes; emigrating in 1939 without his parents; his parents’ staying in Romania and providing powdered milk to the German Army; the recruitment of Jewish women to go to work in the copper mines and the young men to the army; sending correspondence to his parents via Vienna, Austria; his first job as a peddler in Chile; marring at age 22 in 1942; his parents’ immigration to Chile later on; and his parents starting a new factory like the one they had in Romania.

Interviewee
Carlos Heymann
Interviewer
Ximena Hinzpeter
Date
2010 May 25  (interview)
Language
Spanish
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:50:05
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