Jewish survivors of the Holocaust
Winter, Oscar (3 of 7) The Living Memory of the Jewish Community
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Winter, Oskar, 1906- (speaker, male)
Jackson, Milenka (speaker, female)
Part 3: Arrived in Lichtenberg camp two weeks after all other Jews had been sent to Dachau; sent to Dachau himself in February 1937. This was the "old" Dachau camp, and prisoners worked on building the new one. All Jews held together in Block 3; between 100 and 180 at any time. Comments on building work and camp regime; some torture of prisoners.
Interviewee's note: Born in Berlin to middle-class, non-practising Jewish family, Oskar Winter was involved with anti-Nazi movement and arrested. Sent to Lichtenberg concentration camp, then Dachau, finally Buchenwald - one of the first prisoners to be kept there. Mother died in Theresienstadt (Terezin); father died on journey to Auschwitz. Released in 1939, Winter made it to Kitchener camp in England; refused to sign up for British Army, so was interned for much of the war.