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Oral history testimony of Eric Otto Sonneman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.34.1 | RG Number: RG-50.767.0001

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
Record last modified: 2020-07-14 11:46:08
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