Processing information: Collection processing completed 2004/12 by Jennifer Duplaga. Finding aid revised 2015/10/30 by Bethany Fiechter.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection may only be viewed with the prior permission of Berthold Riesterer, Hermann Termeer, and Lotte Termeer.
This collection contains the materials collected by Berthold Riesterer during his oral history interview with Hermann and Lotte Termeer in May 1980 on the German island of Borkum. Included in this collection are the 8 tapes of the interview, and a transcript of their conversations. All items in this collection are in German. This interview covers various topics about life in Germany during World War II. Topics include: Crystal night, the Jews, the rise of Hitler, life on the home front, the murder at the German embassy in Paris, the army, etc.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Hermann and Lotte Termeer Oral History, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
Hermann Termeer was born in Germany on September 5, 1911. His future wife, Lotte, was born in Hattingen an der Ruhr on May 27, 1922. As a child, Lotte was a member of the Bund Deutscher Mädchen, the female counterpart of the Hitler Youth. Both Hermann and Lotte worked for the German Sinclair Petroleum Group until its closure in 1935. Hermann served with the German army until an injury resulted in the amputation of a foot.