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Oral history interview with Walda Beckman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.4 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0004

Walda Beckmann, born December 11, 1914 in Isensee, Germany, discusses how in 1932 she became a Jehovah's Witness (JW) and also converted members of her family; living in Hamburg, Germany in 1933 when the congregation of JW was prohibited; continuing to secretly meet with other JW members in the countryside; how between 1933 and 1945 she was imprisoned several times for varying lengths of time due to her activities as a JW; printing "Der Wachturm" (the watchtower) whenever possible and organizing secret meetings; always living under the close scrutiny of the Gestapo; how in 1937 she was sent to a camp in Fuhlsbüttel after the Gestapo had discovered her activities; how she was once deported to Harburg for two months and, at one point, sent to the Hütten concentration camp; how when she returned to Germany in 1947, she was forced to undergo an "Entnazifizierungsprozess"(denazification process) at a camp set up by the British and Americans in Stanemünde near Paderborn; continuing to serve as a pioneer after the war; and working as a bookkeeper in Hamburg until she moved to Stuttgart, Germany in 1960.

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Walda Beckman
Robert Buckley
interview:  1988 October 22
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 07:59:19
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