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Oral history interview with Walter Meyer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0315 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0371

Walter Meyer, born on May 31, 1926 in Kassel, Germany, describes growing up as a Catholic in a diverse religious community in Düsseldorf; his experiences during Kristallnacht; joining the Hitler Youth in 1940 but then deciding to organize another group to oppose the Hitler Youth; his recruitment into a military academy, to which his father did not allow him to go; assisting French prisoners of war in 1943 until the Gestapo caught him and placed him in a Düsseldorf prison; his transfer to a prison near Frankfurt, where he remained until the spring of 1944 when the prison director recommended him for the army; his deportation to Sachsenhausen and then Ravensbrück; escaping from Ravensbrück and hiding with a farmer who lived nearby; returning to Berlin and then Düsseldorf; recovering from tuberculosis after returning home; and immigrating to the United States in 1958.

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Walter Meyer
Katie Davis
interview:  1996 August 02
Oral histories.
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-04-21 07:09:07
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