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Oral history interview with Werner Ellman

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

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    Oral history interview with Werner Ellman


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Werner Ellman
    interview:  1986 December 12
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Ellman, Werner, 1924-

    Administrative Notes

    The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (now Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) conducted the interview with Werner Ellman on December 12, 1986. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch received the tape of the interview from the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois on December 12, 1989.
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