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Oral history interview with Elvira Manthey

Oral History | Accession Number: 2003.485.8 | RG Number: RG-50.718.0008

Elvira Manthey, born in 1932, discusses her parents and siblings; her difficult childhood; Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933; moving in with her grandparents; moving to a children’s home in Magdeburg, Germany when she was four years old; the treatment of the children at this home; moving to another children’s home, which worked with Nazi officials, when she was five and a half years old; undergoing a medical examination at a hospital; reuniting with her sister, Lisa, in a part of the home for children with developmental delays; the extremely poor conditions in this room of the home; learning later that she and her sister had been placed in this room because they came from an impoverished family; not being permitted to leave this room; hearing the screams of a young boy who was taken out of the room by an SS doctor, who the children called the “death man;” medical experiments conducted in the home and the deaths of many children; a boy who was killed because he had heterochromia (eyes of two different colors); how her name was taken off a deportation list; Lisa’s death; her memories of Lisa; and her ongoing fight for human dignity in Germany.

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Elvira Manthey
Stephen Stept
interview:  2003 January 13
4 videocassettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 09:29:12
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