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Oral history interview with Walter Borchheim

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.11 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0011

Walter Borchheim, born in 1926 in Breslau, Germany (present day Wroclaw, Poland), describes moving to Berlin, Germany in 1932, where he saw the rise of Nazism, the burning of the Reichstag, and the Olympic Games of 1936; the damage to his father’s shop during Kristallnacht; the relocation of his family and friends to concentration camps; his family’s success in bribing someone for visas to Uruguay and the difficulties of getting passports and transit visas; getting visas to Chile; his reflections on the beginning of Nazism; the experiences of his non-Jewish maternal family, including a cousin who took trains from Breslau to Auschwitz; his secular education; his father’s Zionist family; his view on the origins of anti-Semitism in Germany; his life as a German citizen in Chile after the war; receiving reparations; the return of his parents to Germany; and his view on religious tolerance in Chile.

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Borchheim, Walter
Stutman, Andrea
interview:  2010 January 19
Oral histories.
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
Record last modified: 2022-06-16 10:13:15
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