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Oral history interview with Walter Morgenbesser

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.337 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0337

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Walter Morgenbesser, born on December 14, 1930 in Spišská Stará Ves, Slovakia, describes being one of seven brother; his father being taken away in October 1944; having to support his family by working for a Wehrmacht officer; he and the rest of his family being rounded up and taken to Auschwitz; being transported to Ravensbrück; the selection and the separation of the men and women; never seeing his mother again; conditions in Ravensbrück; the punishments for stealing food; the Christmas celebrations; the sterilization of the Romani children and wishing to be sterilized to receive an extra portion of bread; being transferred in March 1945 to Sachsenhausen, where he experienced heavy Allied bombardment; seeing the son of Stalin; being liberated on April 22, 1945; fleeing with his father and another from the Russians and going to a refugee camp in Katowice, Poland; going to Košice, Slovakia, which was where his parents were raised; receiving a Czech passport in 1947 with which he immigrated to Israel; and first joining Kubbutz Kfar Masaryk, and later Kibbutz Evron.

Interviewee
Walter Morgenbesser
Date
1998 February 19  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
9 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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