Walter Frankenstein: Not with Us
Eyewitness Talk On Experiences and Fates of German Jews during the Nazi Era (with Video Recording in German)
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.
Walter Frankenstein went into hiding with his wife and their five-week-old son when deportation threatened. The family managed to survive with the help of friends in different hiding places.
Walter Frankenstein was born in Flatow, West Prussia in 1924, and from 1936 he lived in the Auerbach Orphanage in Berlin. In 1938, he began a bricklaying apprenticeship at the Jewish community’s building college. Four years later, he married Leonie Rosner and their two sons were born in 1943 and 1944, at which time he had to perform forced labor. When the family was threatened with deportation, they went into hiding and survived. After the war ended, the family immigrated to Palestine and in the 1950s to Sweden.