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Oral history interview with Werner Ellman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.346.12 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0012

Werner Ellman, born in 1924 in Bundenwer, Germany, describes the book “The Gates of Hell”; Holocaust denial and deniers; his early life; his father moving to the United States in 1928, followed by Werner, his mother, and one brother in 1929; leaving because of the poor economic conditions in Germany at that time; receiving all his education in the US; his family joining German fraternal groups; his parents’ pro-Hitler stance; his parents’ antisemitic mentality; the active Nazi organization in Chicago, IL; attending youth groups and summer camps that were semi-militaristic; the use of antisemitic songs and stories to indoctrinate youths; growing up in a Serbian neighborhood and attending Catholic schools; religious antisemitism; visiting Germany with his family in 1938; being envious of the Hitler youth; seeing acts of antisemitism in Nuremberg; being warned by his mother to not describe the US positively; the attitudes of the German people; his fear that had he remained in Germany he would not have broken free from the prejudices he was raised with; making friends with minorities and questioning his own Catholicism; his experiences during the liberation of Mauthausen and interpreting at the Dachau trial; and still having prejudices but his belief that he understands them better.

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Ellman, Werner
interview:  1986 December 12
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:43:55
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