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Eyewitness Talks

In this event series eyewitnesses tell of their fates during the nazi era (video recordings available, in German)

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    Ruth Weiss – Paths Through Tough Grass

    Eyewitness Talk – Experiences and Fates of Jews during the Nazi Era, in German, with English Subtitles

    Video Recording
    20 Sep 2022

  • Portrait of Harry Raymon with film poster in the background

    Harry Raymon: Different from the Start

    Harry Raymon was born in 1926 in Kirchberg, a town in the Hunsrück upland of southwestern Germany, to a family of Jewish businesspeople. In 1936, his family fled the Nazis and emigrated to the United States, in German

    Video Recording
    28 Feb 2022

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    In Conversation with Eva Schloss

    On 27 January 1945, 15-year-old Eva Geiringer and her mother Elfriede were among the around 7,000 people who witnessed the liberation of the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps by the Soviet Army, in German, with English subtitles

    Video Recording
    27 Jan 2021

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    The Family Album

    Peter Schaul recounts the life of his mother, Dora Schaul, whose estate is part of the interactive installation The Family Album, in German

    Video Recording
    9 Nov 2020

  • Portrait of Zvi Aviram.

    Zvi Aviram: Brushes with Death

    Zvi Aviram was born in January 1927 in Berlin as Heinz Abrahamsohn. From age 14, he had to perform forced labor in the arms industry. During the so-called factory operation on 27 February 1943, his parents were arrested and deported and he himself went into illegality, in German

    Video Recording
    16 Sep 2019

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    Sally Perel: Hitlerjunge Salomon

    Sally Perel was born in Peine in April 1925. After the German invasion of the Soviet Union he pretended to be a Volksdeutscher and called himself Josef Perjell, in German

    Video Recording
    12 Jun 2019

  • Peter Neuhof

    Peter Neuhof: A Youth in the Shadow of the Persecution

    Peter Neuhof speaks about his memories and experiences in an interview with Aubrey Pomerance, head of the archive (in German). His parents were active members of the German Communist Party (KPD) and were arrested in 1943. Peter was able to remain in the parental home, in German

    Video Recording
    3 Dec 2018

  • Portrait of Hanni Levy

    Hanni Levy: Surviving in Berlin

    Born in 1924, survived the Nazi era in hiding in Berlin with the help of friends, in German

    Video Recording
    25 Jun 2018

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    Anita Lasker Wallfisch

    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, in German

    Video Recording
    28 May 2018

  • Portrait of Margot Friedländer

    Margot Friedländer: Try to Make Your Life

    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, in German

    Video Recording
    9 Apr 2018

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    Walter Frankenstein: Not with Us

    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, in German

    Video Recording
    31 Jan 2018

  • Kurt Roberg

    Kurt Roberg: A Visa Or Your Life

    Born 1924 in Celle, emigration at the end of 1938 via the Netherlands, return to Berlin in March 1941 and re-emigration in May 1941 via Lisbon to the USA, in German

    Video Recording
    4 Dec 2017

  • Henry Wuga

    Henry Wuga: A Nuremberger from Glasgow

    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, in German

    Video Recording
    23 Oct 2017