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Oral history interview with Eddie Willner

Oral History | Accession Number: 2000.402 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0065

Eddie Willner discusses his pre-war family life in Mönchengladbach, Germany; his experiences during Kristallnacht; escaping from a transport leaving the Langenstein concentration camp; meeting up with American forces; being in the care of the American Army; traveling to Brussels, Belgium after the war; his views on Judaism; immigrating to the United States; joining the Army and working in West Germany; working in France with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a criminal investigator; becoming a US citizen; graduating from Officer Training school; being sent to Korea and then Germany; meeting his wife and getting married; going to Israel; working as a Central Intelligence Agency liaison at the American embassy in Germany; his experiences in seeking restitution from Germany for slave labor; his views on contemporary Germans and antisemitism; segregation in the United States; being stationed in Japan; his views on the Japanese people and Japan; his large family; working in the federal civil service; his life in Falls Church, VA; how the memory of his experiences during the Holocaust has affected his daily life; and the importance of Holocaust remembrance.

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Willner, Eddie Helmut
Donahue, Arwen
Schwartz, Gail
interview:  2000 July 12
Oral histories.
9 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 19:51:37
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