tv Reporter - A Holocaust Survivor Tells Her Story Deutsche Welle January 29, 2018 5:02am-5:15am CET
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get meissner spends much of her time at the holocaust memorial museum in washington d.c. . she and about eighty other survivors of the holocaust wikia on a voluntary basis. she guides visitors through the museum tells the story of her life and helps other survivors search for information about family members in the museum's archives. this is my favorite exhibit of this new thing and it came through really quite accidentally because this is. a phrase. three thousand people in the us more power on the border between.
where the germans came. one. shop took the men the jewish men out and shot them and the next day they came and took the women and children put them in salem and torched and this entire community was killed only because of religion. this girl survived the night the rest of the village was wiped out. she became a historian and now works in the united states for eleven years she collected first a graph from her village. she hopes to preserve the memory of all three thousand five hundred inhabitants through this exhibition. because she said that the visitors to the museum they only see that the truth they don't know what the jews looked like who were murdered and here you see the faces of the people who were. and see really i think
a fantastic favor to all of us these young people here who are looking at these faces that you could have some of these pictures in your grandparents' photos they would not be so different from anything so many young people in school classes come to see the museum. to meet a holocaust survivor and listen to her story is often the most interesting part of a visit. back to. where you have both of you will have. time to see or kinds of other music. when you're traveling somewhere that you. start you know the stock. market meisner was born in spoke austria and raised in prague. in one thousand fifty four the growing anti-semitism in his city became more and more noticeable so markets mother sent her to paris and joined her in
a year later but the influence of the nazis was soon felt in france as well one day her mother received a letter. so my mother was told one day she would be deported and i took her to the point she sort of got notification three days from now you present yourself at the police station and take with you what you can carry on your back and three days worth of food and to blanket you know what she was known so i went to the police station with her and us the where are you taking her since none of your business go away you take. a business go so here i was burma served my mother was gone we had no money markets mother was deported to go us internment camp in southern france. margaret was eighteen years old alone and had to find a way out of europe she fled paris on
a bicycle at the same time her mother succeeded in escaping the internment camp by some miracle the mother and daughter found each other just twelve kilometers from us she came from far away and she waved at me and i didn't with back because i didn't know who could wave and she came closer and she waved more and i was there all the way and when she came closer i finally recognized her that was my mom because she was very thin and very dark because i spent most of the time outdoors and i didn't come to get to embrace and that is something that she lever for go up she said i finally found my child and she didn't even come forward to embrace why did you because i didn't recognize her was just shock that she came together they made a way to spain where they found
a way to travel to america but it was not to be they were picked up by the spanish police and thrown in jail so after or this we were going to be held to the tournaments in spain but you see i'm here. so we had good luck good friends who have. exactly three years after i left my we came to the you know it's that. these tickets are some of the memorabilia from the new beginning margaret had to make in the united states she married func meissner an employee has the united nations and traveled the world with him this what you see here is the result of fifty four years of travel. memories. learning i mean you really learn every time you go to. market meisner regularly tells visitors to the holocaust museum about her memories
and experiences. this is one of the most visited museums in the u.s. capital many people come especially to hear the stories the survivors have to tell market prices determined to collect as many of them as possible they are i would just testimony to a crime against all humankind but her generation is quickly vanishing the holocaust is the only war where there was you were germans you. industrial methods of killing people this kind of industrialization of death has never happened and the place sells so that is one of the reasons why one should not forget that and more than and the thing else one should try to. keep these arrows from repeating repeat. to market meisner these issues have gained in the sense of urgency in
today's highly volatile political climate. there's a great deal of of nationalism all of us. i feel very insecure in in the present political situation certainly some of the. some of the moves of the american government right now is very similar to what happened in germany in the nineteen twenty s. and the 1930's. so it's. the situation to be in and try not to be a bystander because what happened in germany was that germans knew what was happening and they didn't do anything about that. after. hitler came to
power in nineteen thirty three and the killing didn't start until ninety four they were so there were eight years where the world could have done something about that the know what they did then the thing margaret is determined to remain active as long as she can she's put his story into a book so people the world over and future generations can read it she's also taking part in a project by german photographer luigi to scar no matter what your face of course is just a like that please. to scan it has photographed around two hundred holocaust survivors all over the world the exhibition is shown in public then east and will be coming to washington d.c. see. that's it thank you ok. struggles the struggle and there's just no glossing over the growing anti semitism . and we've got something to counter it with.
of we have to make sure nothing like that ever happens again to create what is for me i was affected by remarks from one of the survivors who told me that luigi those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it has its moments you it's now it's not my intention to shake my fist and point to base genocide but to show that there are still people here who have lots to tell us it's a simple as that. today market my son's family live in australia canada and spain have relatives in prague also forced to flee. market uses his smartphone to stay in touch with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. and she does her workout four times a week. i
think a big nothing has been passed away she remarried at age ninety four a new love entered her life quite unexpectedly today she lives with her husband john comes in washington. at every opportunity margaret has a message for future generations there's you. hate me bobby you can one revenge because. so i mean you know i think people people. commit the crime and kill somebody and then they go to jail for life that person who was killed the gone doesn't come back the fact that this guy sits in jail doesn't help you and me so i think. i mean i think that
one has to learn to forgive if that's sometimes not easy but it makes you a better person i believe. and i think that's important so . how to cover more than just one reality. where i come from we have a transatlantic way of looking at things that's because my father is from germany my mother is from the united states of america and so i realized earlier earlier that it made sense to explain different realities. and now here at the heart of the european union in brussels we have twenty eight different realities and so i think
people are really looking forward and need journalists they can trust for them to make sense of. pride in this myself and i work a double. beat the germans and surprisingly aspects of license culture in germany. us american keep losing it takes a look at germany it is increasing use of to traditions everyday lives and language in this time of. young which. the trick i am d.w. dot com the germans.