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Walter B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3135) interviewed by Dieter Heger and Edgar Pankow

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3135

Videotape testimony of Walter B., who was born in Coburg, Germany in 1911. He describes cordial relations with non-Jews until the Nazi period; arrest with his father and older brother in 1933; their release after three weeks; having to liquidate the family business and property; joining relatives in Berlin; both of his brothers emigrating to Palestine; increasing restrictions, including wearing the yellow star; forced labor; marriage in 1941; his parents' deportation; a factory supervisor warning him of an impending action to liquidate Jews; a non-Jewish friend advising him that one of the other supervisors might hide him and his wife; paying the supervisor to hide in his cellar in Altlandsberg; spending evenings upstairs with their rescuers; observing Allied bombings of Berlin; liberation by Soviets troops after almost three years; detention until their Jewish identity was verified; working at a local hospital; learning his parents had been killed in Rīga; and testifying on behalf of his rescuers at war crime trials in Potsdam. Mr. B. discusses lack of compensation from the German Democratic Republic and learning his rescuers considered killing him and his wife during their hiding.

B., Walter, 1911-
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
Interview Date
June 16, 1995.
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Walter B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3135). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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