Auschwitz Never Left Me

Eyewitness Talk On Experiences and Fates of German Jews during the Nazi Era (in German)

Please note: These are the new dates for the cancelled event. Due to popular demand, we are offering two new dates: 28 and 29 May, 7 pm, in the Great Hall, Old Building, level 2.

For this series of talks, the Jewish Museum Berlin invited six eyewitnesses to tell a wider audience about their fates during the Nazi era. These witnesses are closely linked to the Jewish Museum Berlin as donors. A presentation of the objects, documents, or photographs they donated, readings from selected texts or the showing of film clips will precede the talks.

New dates: 28 and 29 May, 7 pm

Old Building, level 2, Great Hall

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Anita Lasker Wallfisch

Born in Breslau in 1925, Anita Lasker Wallfisch grew up in a middle-class Jewish family. She received her first cello lesson at an early age, and from 1938 she studied cello with Leo Rostal in Berlin. In 1942, Anita and her sister Renate had to perform forced labor and in the same year, their parents were deported to Izbica and murdered. After a failed attempt to escape, the sisters were arrested and deported separately to Auschwitz in 1943. As a cellist in the Auschwitz women's orchestra, Anita managed to save her own and her sister’s life. After liberation in Bergen-Belsen where the sisters last fought for survival, Anita Lasker Wallfisch immigrated to England and became co-founder of the English Chamber Orchestra.

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Anita Lasker Wallfisch; Jewish Museum Berlin, photo: Hans Georg Gaul

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Old Building, level 2, Great Hall

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

Where, when, what?

  • When

    Monday 28 May 2018, 7 pm
    and Tuesday 29 May 2018, 7pm

  • Where
    Old Building, level 2, Great Hall

Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Berlin

  • Entry fee

    Free of charge
    Register for this event

  • Please noteThe first date (Monday 28 May) is fully booked. Tickets for Thursday 29 May can still be book online. For both dates, there may be some tickets available on the evening.

  • For journalists Phone: +49 (0)30 25 993 419

  • Note

    This event is organized with the support of Berliner Sparkasse.

Event Series (6) Eyewitness Talks Show all

Eyewitness Talks

In this event series six eyewitnesses tell of their fates during the nazi era

Anita Lasker Wallfisch

28 and 29 May 2018
Born in Breslau in 1925, Anita Lasker Wallfisch studied cello in Berlin from 1938. In 1942, Anita’s parents were deported to Izbica and murdered, and in 1943 Anita and her sister Renate were deported to Ausschwitz.

Hanni Levy: Surviving in Berlin

25 June
Hanni Levy has had close ties to the Jewish Museum Berlin for many years. In conversation with Aubrey Pomerance, Head of the Archive, she describes her wartime memories and experiences. Hanni Levy, born in 1924, survived the Nazi era in hiding in Berlin with the help of courageous friends.

Margot Friedländer: Try to Make Your Life

9 April 2018
Margot Friedländer was born in 1921 in Berlin and has had close ties with the museum for many years. She reads from her memoir, which takes its title from her mother’s last message to her: Try to Make Your Life. Followed by a brief discussion with Aubrey Pomerance, Head of the Archive.

Walter Frankenstein: Not with Us

31 January 2018
Born in 1924 in West Prussia, Walter Frankenstein lived in Berlin from 1936. When deportation threatened, he went into hiding with his wife and their five-week-old son. The family managed to survive with the help of friends.

Kurt Roberg: A Visa Or Your Life

4 December 2017
Born in Celle in 1924, 14-year-old Kurt Roberg fled alone after the 1938 November pogrom to the Netherlands, where he was to finish school. He finally reaches his family in New York via Berlin and Lisbon in 1941.

Henry Wuga: A Nuremberger from Glasgow

23 October 2017
Henry Wuga was born to a Jewish mother and a Catholic father in Nuremberg in 1924. In 1938, his parents were able to send him to Scotland with a children’s transport and later in 1947, he could bring his mother, who had survived in hiding, to his home in Glasgow.

Anita Lasker Wallfisch

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