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Oral history interview with Horst Schmidt

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.81 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0081

Horst Schmidt, born in 1920, discusses his internment in the Brandenburg-Görden Prison in Brandenburg an der Havel, Germany; he and his parents converting to become Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1935; his family’s interactions with and efforts to evade the Gestapo; moving to eastern German cities such as Danzig (today Gdańsk, Poland) and Königsberg (today Kaliningrad, Russia); being arrested with his parents in Danzig in June 1943; his imprisonment at the Gestapo headquarters at Alexanderplatz in Berlin, Germany and the conditions there; undergoing interrogations; his imprisonment in Tegel, Germany; being sentenced in summer 1944 to imprisonment at the Brandenburg-Görden Prison; sharing a cell with French and Polish political prisoners; his mother’s internment and execution at the Plötzensee Prison in Berlin; his father’s death at Auschwitz; conditions in the Brandenburg-Görden Prison; and being liberated by Soviet soldiers.

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Horst Schmidt
Robert Buckley
interview:  1995 April 28
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2023-07-06 11:49:30
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