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Oral history interview with Marguerite Brüggemann

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.31 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0031

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Marguerite Bruggemann, born in 1921 in Bruges, Belgium, describes her family background and education; meeting her future husband, a German sapper; becoming engaged to him and moving to Germany in 1942; being placed by the local labor bureau as an interpreter for the French workers and nurses in a forced labor camp; the lack of medicine in the camp; her assignment to give encouragement to the workers; the camp containing laborers from France, the Netherlands, Belgium, the Soviet Union, and Poland; the western and eastern workers being kept separate from one another; being denounced for saying that the Allies would win the war and receiving punishment from the mayor; the execution of three Soviet prisoners of war by local policemen; testifying about the forced labor camp in postwar trials; and her life after the war.

Interviewee
Marguerite Brüggemann
Date
2004 July 03  (interview)
Language
German
Extent
3 videocassettes (MiniDV).
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:48:25
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