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Oral history interview with Walter Meyer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0095 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0041

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Walter Meyer discusses his time as a political prisoner in Ravensbrück, Germany; his reunion with his family; his liberation by American forces; receiving treatment from American soldiers in a hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany; daily life in Germany after the war; killing a Russian soldier in self-defense during a border crossing; traveling to South America as a hideaway on the ship Parkhaven; having to jump from ship to ship through South America; working on a movie set in Martinez; owning his own tobacco farm in Salta; traveling through the United States on his way to Los Angeles; racial segregation in the United States; returning to Germany; his various occupations; returning to the United States; living in California and Texas; meeting celebrities and presidents; getting married and having children; receiving three Ph.Ds; opening up his own restaurant Hansel and Gretel in Austin, Texas; his divorce; traveling to Rome; meeting his second wife and starting a new family; and writing a book about his wartime experiences.

Interviewee
Walter Meyer
Interviewer
Ginger Miles
Date
1999 April 28  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:50:22
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