Oral history testimony of Eric Otto Sonneman
Eric Otto Sonneman (Erich Otto Sonnemann), born December 1, 1910 in Neustadt an der Haardt (Neustadt an der Weinstrasse), Germany, describes living in prewar Mannheim, Germany; his parents Kurt and Berta Sonnemann and brother Max; the political views of his friends and classmates; his friend Karl, a member of the Hitler Youth who warned him to get out of Germany; being the Mannheim chairman of the Jewish youth group Bund Deutsch-Jüdischer Jugend; receiving an affidavit from distant relative Emma Loveman, and applying for a United States visa in 1937; having an appointment at the U.S. Consulate in Stuttgart, Germany the day after Kristallnacht; arriving in New York on March 17, 1939; living with his relative in Nashville, TN; his brother's arrival in the U.S. in 1939; how his parents received affidavits and traveled through Siberia, China, and Japan in the summer of 1940; moving to Chicago in the summer of 1939; starting a business, Merix Chemical Company, and having several patents; marrying Edith Arshack in August 1941; becoming a naturalized citizen on July 13, 1943; and raising four children.
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- Eric Otto Sonneman
- Edith Sonneman
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- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Toby Sonneman
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