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Oral history interview with Eddy Wynschenk

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.382 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0382

Eddy Wynschenk, born on July 18, 1927 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, discusses childhood in Amsterdam; his memories of the invasion of the Netherlands by Nazi Germany; the restrictions placed on Jews after Amsterdam was occupied, including the confiscation of his father's business; his arrest and subsequent release with his parents in September 1942; his memories of the Jewish Council in Amsterdam; being deported with his family to Vught concentration camp in 1943; the deportation from Vught of his parents, sister, and niece in November 1943; being transferred to Westerbork and being deported from there to Auschwitz-Birkenau; conditions in the camp, including his work sorting the clothes of arriving Hungarian Jews who had been sent to their deaths; his transfer to Fürstengrube, a work camp; a death march he endured; his arrival at Dora concentration camp, where his toes had to be amputated; his liberation by the 104th Infantry Division of the United States Army in April 1945; the responses of the guards to the liberation; his interactions with liberators; his return in May to Amsterdam, where he was hospitalized; learning that his family had perished; the difficulties he had living with relatives and adjusting to his new life; his decision to immigrate to the United States with his wife, Maryanne, in 1956; his life in Philadelphia, PA and San Francisco, CA; the terrible psychological aftereffects of his Holocaust experiences; and speaking in 1986 at a reunion of the 104th Infantry Division about the liberation of the camp.

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Eddy Wynschenk
Peggy Coster
interview:  1989 September 20
interview:  1990 March 04
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2021-03-01 08:25:35
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