Skip to main content

Hermann and Lotte Termeer oral history

Identifier: OH253

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1980/05


Language of Materials

Materials are in German, with a little English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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 Note

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.


0.3 Cubic Feet (8 cassette tapes, 2 transcripts)


This collection is arranged by format.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S3272: Hermann and Lotte Termeer collection

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid completed by Jennifer Duplaga during December 2004. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/07/03. EAD finding aid revised 2020/09/23 by Brittany Kropf.


Hermann and Lotte Termeer oral history
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.