Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research

Login

Register

Help

Skip to main content

Oral history interview with Berthold Mewes

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.41 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0041

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Berthold Mewes, born in Paderborn, Germany, describes how in 1934 the Jehovah's Witnesses were banned and their headquarters were closed; his mother being sent to the concentration camp Ravensbrück in April 1939; his father being sent to a penitentiary called Gamazien; his parents hosting underground meetings; being nine years old when his father had to present him to a Children's Aid Society representative at the railroad station; being sent to live with a foster family; his father refusing to participate in the war and being sentenced to 12 years in prison; receiving letters from his mother until 1943; living on a farm and attending school; learning to be self-reliant; being mistreated by the children in school; being treated fairly by the foster family and attending church with them; his mother being officially baptized a J.W. in the camp and re-baptized after her liberation; his mother keeping faith by being with other Witnesses; being reunited with his parents; and his parents receiving monetary compensation from the German government.

Interviewee
Berthold Mewes
Interviewer
Robert Buckley
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Expand all
 
Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:50:17
This page: https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn508778