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tv   Reporter - A Holocaust Survivor Tells Her Story  Deutsche Welle  January 29, 2018 10:15pm-10:30pm CET

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meissner is ninety six years old and she survived the holocaust and she does whatever she can to ensure it will never be forgotten. more food will most surely to forgive but no for whom. she also passes on her own experiences and memories she says it's the only way to keep something like this from happening again in the future.
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meissner spends much of a time at the holocaust memorial museum in washington d.c. . she and about eighty other survivors of the holocaust we're here on a volunteer 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 museum and it came to be really quite accidentally because this is the power of. three thousand people in a small or pound on the border between. poor and. where the germans came one. took the men the jewish men out the truck
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and the next day they came and took the women and children put them in salem and torture and this entire community was hailed only because of. 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 he said that the visitors to the museum they only see the truth they don't know what the jews looked like who were and here you see the faces of the people who were. seeing a really good thing. fantastic favor to all of us this young people
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here who are looking at these faces you could have some of these pictures in your grandparents' photo album 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. like fever. where you have lots of you will have time to see your kinds of other music. when you go travelling somewhere that you. missed out their stock. market meisner was born in spoke austria and raced in prague. in one thousand nine hundred eighty four the growing anti-semitism in his city became more and more noticeable so markets mother sent her to paris and joined her here later but the influence of the nazis was soon felt in france as well one
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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 two boeing kits did you know where she was known so i went to the police station with her and us the will you take care since none of your business go away you take your business go home so here i was burma served my mother was gone we had no money markets mother was deported to 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
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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 wave back because i didn't know who could wave and she came closer and she waved more stero didn't wave 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 go to embrace and that is something that she live a full go 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 their 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
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police and thrown in jail so after or this we were going to be handed to the germans in spain but you see i'm here. so we had good luck good friends who help. exactly three years after i left my brother 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. market meissner regularly tells visitors to the holocaust museum about her memories and experiences. this is one of the most visited museums in the u.s.
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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 eye witness testimony to a crime against all humankind but her generation is quickly vanishing the holocaust is the only one where there was. you that whether germans used. industrial methods of killing people this kind of industrialization of death has never happened and. these errors from ripping repeated. 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 over and i feel very
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insecure in in the present political situation certainly some of the. moves moves of the american government right now so it's 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 i try not to be. because what happened then germany was that germans knew what was happening and they didn't do anything about it they're just they're after. hitler came to power in nineteen thirty three and the killing didn't start until nineteen forty one so there were eight years where the world could have done something about that the know what they did then i
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think market is determined to remain active as long as she can she's put her 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 piece. with the. task on it has photographed around two hundred holocaust survivors all over the world the exhibition is shown in public then yes and will be coming to washington d.c. saying. 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 something. of we have to make sure nothing like that ever happens again great would be for me i was affected by remarks from one of the survivors who told me that luigi those
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who forget the past are condemned to repeat it months you now it's not my intention to shake my fist and pointed this genocide but to show that there are still people here who have lots to tell us it's as simple as that. today market my son's family live in australia canada and spain the relatives in prague were 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. and i think a big after has been passed away she remarried at age ninety four a new love entered her life quite unexpectedly today she lives with her husband
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john guns in washington. at every opportunity market has a message for future generations there's you can hate me barbie 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 gone doesn't come back the fact that this guy sits in jail doesn't help you and so i think. i mean i think that one has to learn to forgive if that's sometimes not easy but it makes you
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