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Oral history interview with Edward Warter and Ruth Warter

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.67 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0067

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Edward Warter (born November 20, 1901) and Ruth Warter (born June 13, 1905), discuss growing up in Memelland, Lithuania (Klaipėda Region, which was annexed to Germany in March 1939); witnessing book burnings of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ (JW) literature in 1939; the Gestapo searching their farm in 1940; Ruth’s arrest in 1943 for smuggling a letter to an imprisoned JW; Edward’s arrest for refusing to serve in the military, after which he was tried in Berlin and sent to Stutthof near Danzig; Edward’s experiences in the concentration camp and other JW arranging for him to become a tailor; Edward’s return to Germany in 1946; how they stayed in East Germany as JW, but after Stalin banned the JW in 1951, Edward was arrested and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in northern Russia; the banishment of Edward’s family to Siberia for life; Edward’s release in 1960, his retirement in 1969, and his return to Germany with Ruth; and how they later were allowed to move to West Germany.

Ruth Warter
Edward Warter
Robert Buckley
1988 October 21  (interview)
2 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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