Otto Deutsch Remembers Kristallnacht
This powerful testimony from Viennese-born Otto Deutsch, come from AJR Refugee Voices. Otto was ten years old on November 10, 1938, the day after the November Pogrom (Kristallnacht), when his mother gave him a ten shilling note and told him to get out of the house and walk as far away as possible and not to return until nightfall. Otto walked into the centre of Vienna. Listen to the clip to hear what he saw.
“What I saw then is what nobody, let alone a child, should ever see. I think I grew up that day.”
After the November Pogrom, Otto came to Britain on a Kindertransport in July 1939, but his parents and elder sister remained behind and were later deported. In England he was cared for by a poor, devoutly Anglican family in the small Northern mining town of Morpeth. He came to London in 1944, and joined the printing trade, also becoming a tour guide and settled in Southend where he was an active member of the community. Read more here.
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