Jewish survivors of the Holocaust

Winter, Oscar (6 of 7) The Living Memory of the Jewish Community

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:30:30

  • Shelf mark

    C410/068

  • Subjects

    Camp experiences

  • Recording date

    1990-01-16

  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Living Memory of the Jewish Community

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home

  • Interviewees

    Winter, Oskar, 1906- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Jackson, Milenka (speaker, female)

  • Recordist

    Jackson, Milenka

  • Abstract

    Part 6: Working with future wife at Buckingham Agricultural College; married in 1942, but marriage broke up in 1942. Trained at Government Training Centre as instrument maker; worked at this for years, as well as sales work. Lost jobs, but received restitution from Germany for loss of property; shared it with his brother. Second marriage in 1952, but Oskar troubled - had been ignoring the shocks of his upbringing and imprisonment. Thoughts on his family: brother in America, but not close. Accounts of the deaths of his parents in Nazi custody.

  • Description

    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.

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    Full transcript of the interview

  • Related links

    Voices of the Holocaust - link to learning materials based on the moving stories of Jewish Holocaust Survivors on the British Library Website

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