Barbara Hermes was born on February 10th, 1938 in Cammin Pomerania, Germany. Barbara tells of her life prior to World War Two living on a farm and exploring the Baltic Sea (her father worked at a resort in Dievenow on the coast). She details the horrors her family experienced in 1945 when they evacuated their hometown to flee the advancing Russian forces. She describes surviving an air raid, hiding in ditches to avoid the Russian military, barely making it to safety, reconnecting with her father, and her mother’s heroism throughout the terror they experienced. Her family applied for a visa to come to the United States in 1952 through the sponsorship of her father’s sister living in America. They came to the United States in 1954.
Hermes, Barbara (interviewee)
Franklin, Bill (interviewer)
Cleveland German-American Oral History Project
"Barbara Hermes interview, 07 February 2020" (2020). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 195002.
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