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Oral history interview with Edward Warter and Ruth Warter

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

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    Oral history interview with Edward Warter and Ruth Warter


    Interview Summary
    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 Memelland in 1946; living under Soviet rule as a JW until 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 from Siberia with Ruth; and how they later were allowed to move to West Germany.
    Ruth Warter
    Edward Warter
    Robert Buckley
    interview:  1988 October 21

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    2 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Oral History Branch, in cooperation with Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Inc. produced the interview with Edward & Ruth Warter on October 21, 1988.
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