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Oral history interview with Anne Weidemann-Russell

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.19 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0019

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    Oral history interview with Anne Weidemann-Russell


    Interview Summary
    Anne Dore Weidemann-Russell, a non-Jew born in Brandenburg, Germany in 1926, describes going to school from 1933 to 1945 in Brandenburg; her father telling her about the experiences of Germans opposed to Hitler; her uncle being sent to Sachsenhausen; hearing about a Jehovah’s Witness who was imprisoned and later killed for his beliefs; a neighbor who had been a Nazi sympathizer and had a mental breakdown after executing Jews as a soldier on the Eastern Front; Kristallnacht and life in Brandenburg under the Nazis; her father, who was a civil servant, losing his position in 1933 because he was a Social Democrat and belonged to the Socialist Party (SPD); her father’s reasons for opposing the Nazi regime; how her father avoided using the “Heil Hitler” salute and secretly listened to the BBC (British Broadcasting Company); learning to be careful in public because of her father’s beliefs; the local police taking her father into protective custody in July 1944 during a roundup of men suspected of involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler; the behavior of local Nazis near the end of the war; and attending Humbold University in East Berlin and the Free University in West Berlin after the war.
    Anne D. Weidemann-Russell
    Hanna Silver
    interview:  1984 April 17
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

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    1 sound cassette (60 min.).

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    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Anne Weidemann-Russell in Philadelphia, PA on April 17, 1984. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College on September 26, 1997.
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