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Eyewitness Talks

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

  • Portrait of an elderly woman in an armchair

    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.

    Eyewitness Talks
    Wed 27 Jan 2021 (video recording available, in German)

  • People touch a large touchscreen wall that displays documents and objects

    The Family Album

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

    9 Nov 2020 (with video recording, in German)

  • Zvi Cohen: The Boy with the Harmonica

    Zvi Cohen was born in 1931 as Horst Cohn in Berlin. He attended the Jewish school in Choriner Straße from 1937. On his way to school, he was repeatedly attacked by the Hitler Youth and from 1941, he lost the courage to leave the apartment at all. During this time he learned to play the harmonica.

    Eyewitness Talks
    9 Mar 2020 - cancelled!

  • Zvi Aviram: Brushes with Death

    16 September 2019
    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.

  • Photography: Portrait of an elderly man

    Sally Perel:
    Hitlerjunge Salomon

    12 June 2019
    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 1990, his memoirs were published and were filmed in the same year under the title Hitlerjunge Salomon.

  • Peter Neuhof

    Peter Neuhof: A Youth in the Shadow of the Persecution

    3 December 2018
    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.

  • 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

    Eyewitness Talks
    25 Jun 2018 (with video recording)

  • 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.

  • Portrait of Margot Friedländer

    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

    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

    Eyewitness Talks
    4 Dec 2017 (with video recording)

  • Henry Wuga

    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.