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Oral history interview with Dr. Steinthal

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.496.7 | RG Number: RG-50.160.0007

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Dr. Steinthal, born in 1925, discussing moving with his parents and two sisters into his grandparents’ home in Weilimdorf (near Stuttgart); his father, who was born in 1897 and converted to Christianity in 1918; growing up identifying as German and not Jewish; being the second of three children; attending grammar school in Weilimdorf and Gymnasium in Feuerbach; being classified as 1st Degree Mischling; events that happened during Kristallnacht, including the arrest and deportation of his father to Dachau; his father’s release in December 1938; his parents’ decision to not leave Germany; not being allowed to join the Hitler Youth groups that met on Saturdays; being required to spend the summer of 1941 on farms in Allgäu, Bavaria and help with the harvest; the German invasion of Russia in June 1941 and the response from the farmers in Allgäu; witnessing deportations from Stuttgart starting in December 1941; being forced to leave the Gymnasium after 10th grade in 1942; the separation of his family as each of siblings went to live with non-Jews elsewhere; living in a flat in Stuttgart, near Kräherwald; working in a small machine-factory, in the Rosenbergstrasse; the arrest and deportation of his father to Welzheim and then, in 1944, to Theresienstadt; being taken at the end of 1944 to Wolfenbüttel, where he was required to work repairing water pipes; liberation; reuniting with his father and sisters; and returning to school in 1946.

Interviewee
Dr. Steinthal
Language
German
Extent
1 sound cassette (60 min.).