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Oral history interview with Bernard Werth

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.590 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0590

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The interview describes Mr. Werth's childhood in Frankfurt am Main, Germany; his experiences with antisemitism when he was at school; the privations the family suffered as a result of anti-Jewish laws; and his memories of the events of Kristallnacht in November, 1938. Mr. Werth describes the arrest of his father, his release and the family's flight to England in June 1939, and his immigration to the United States in October 1940. He describes adjusting to life in the United States, his military service during World War II, and his involvement in the D-Day operation at Omaha Beach in June 1944. He discusses his role as rifleman with the 5th Armored Division, his transfer to military intelligence, his work interrogating recently caught German prisoners of war, his capture by the SS in April 1945 and fortunate escape. Mr. Weiss describes his visit to Buchenwald, his experiences with antisemitism in the United States Army, and his life in the United States after the war ended.

Interviewee
Bernard Werth
Date
1990 June 20  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:20:18
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