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Oral history interview with Richard Roberts

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.8 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0008

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    Oral history interview with Richard Roberts


    Interview Summary
    Richard Roberts, born March 31, 1913 in Vienna, Austria, discusses his family background, his friends, and antisemitism; having anecdotal knowledge of what was happening in Germany as late as 1937; misconceptions about Hitler’s plans; being in the second wave of people to be sent to a concentration camp on May 31, 1938; being sent to Dachau as part of the first major transport from his district of Mallnitz; the conditions in Dachau; being forced to kneel during the crowded train ride; being treated in the camp hospital for six weeks; pretending to work; the guards’ pastime of shooting prisoners; volunteering for food supply duty; bribing the Kapos; being sent to Buchenwald in September 1938; and his release in January 1939.
    Richard Roberts
    interview:  1989 December 23
    Credit Line
    Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Roberts, Richard, 1913-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Richard Roberts on December 23, 1989 for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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