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Oral history interview with Ewald Wetzstein

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.97 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0097

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Ewald Wetzstein, born November 14, 1922 in Treis (Treis-Karden), Germany, describes his home town and how there were 10 Jewish families; his family; living 30 meters from their synagogue; attending school and learning Hebrew; going to school in Frankfurt, Germany to learn a profession; preparing to emigrate in 1937 when he was 15 years old; being beaten once by other boys; seeing the synagogue burn during Kristallnacht; hiding in the home of a non-Jewish friend; the deportation of his father and uncle to Buchenwald and their return five weeks later; getting visas for Chile; bribing a bureaucrat to change the list of items they could bring; journeying on a cargo ship to Chile; learning mechanics; visiting Germany recently ; his life and family in Chile; donating a torah from Germany to his synagogue; and his advice to younger generations.

Interviewee
Ewald Wetzstein
Interviewer
Sonia Brodsky
Date
2011 January 12  (interview)
Language
Spanish
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:59:18
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