Jewish survivors of the Holocaust
Winter, Oscar (7 of 7) The Living Memory of the Jewish Community
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Winter, Oskar, 1906- (speaker, male)
Jackson, Milenka (speaker, female)
Part 7: Extended family in camps all died; his father's death, in transit to Auschwitz. Oskar's return to Germany since the war. Discusses his attitude towards Germany, Israel, and the possibility of peace. Doesn't read about the Holocaust. Doesn't feel at home in England. Is religiously unobservant. Plays bridge, collects stamps, but does not socialise.
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.