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Oral history interview with Konrad Wilden

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.57 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0057

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Konrad Wilden, born in 1918 in Köln (Cologne), Germany, describes his family, childhood, and membership in the Social Democratic Party; his enlistment into the Reichsarbeitsdienst in 1936; volunteering for the paratroopers and being wounded during a military exercise, resulting in his discharge from the military; his drafting into the Wehrmacht in 1940 and his refusal to join because of his wound; his refusal to work in an armaments factory; going into hiding because of the threat of arrest; living under false names in hotels and working as a boxer in a fairgrounds; his arrest in 1944 and time in several concentrations camps, including Natzweiler-Strutthof, Treis, Mittelbau-Dora, and Bergen Belsen; and his life after the war.

Interviewee
Konrad Wilden
Date
2004 May 13  (interview)
Language
German
Extent
2 sound cassettes (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 10:52:54
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