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Oral history interview with Hans Mendel

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.59 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0059

Hans Mendel Meier, born on March 22, 1922 in Munich, Germany, describes his younger brother; his father, who was a shoe businessman; his childhood; attending operas; being kicked out of school because he was Jewish; being sent by his parents to Florence, Italy to a private boarding school, where he stayed for a year and a half; being sent to England and attending the Technical Institute in Lester, to learn about the shoe industry; getting a job in a sporting shoes factory in Blackburn, Lancashire; traveling to Germany on a holiday in 1938; his father being sent to Dachau after Kristallnacht and his release after a month; his parents obtaining visas to Chile; working in England until 1946; the panic in England over German and Austrian refugees; being interned for a year then returning to the factory in Blackburn; his rise in the factory ranks until he was the officer in charge of acquisitions in the company that had 300 workers; reuniting with his parents in Chile in 1946; more details on his internment, during which time he was interested in politics and subscribed to The Times of London; volunteering to the Home Guard, for civil defense, where he served until the end of the war; and the voyage to South America.

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Mendel, Hans
Solowiejczyk, Ilana
interview:  2011 August 17
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
Record last modified: 2022-06-16 10:13:22
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