The price St. Louisan Jutta Buder’ Christian family paid standing up against Nazis in Germany


Rudolph Betty. Mother and Betty on right. Uncle, Aunt and 2 cousins who perished in Holocaust.

Since 1979, Vida “Sister” Goldman Prince has been Chairman of the Oral Histories Project, at the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum. The project is dedicated to recording and preserving audio interviews of not only Holocaust Survivors, but also liberators of Nazi concentration camps and other non-Jewish witnesses living in Europe during World War II.

The museum was one of the first to begin gathering oral history projects so these voices and photographs will be displayed and future generations will continue to be witnesses to this catastrophic period of world history. In partnership with the Jewish Light, The St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum is allowing us to republish a portion of these Oral Histories project as a celebration of life and a crucial part of honoring and remembering the past. Please follow the provided links to additional recordings.

A Brief Bio

Jutta Zelle Buder was born in the city of Stendal, Germany, near Berlin, in 1932. Her family lived through the war years in Germany and Jutta relates her experiences and the impact that Nazism had on her family, her school life, her neighbors and on Jews. They were of the Evangelical and Reform church, but her parents had more of a philosophical view of religion.

Jutta’s father was a judge. In 1934, he refused to join the Nazi party and criticized what was happening in Berlin. He also represented a Jewish lawyer, which was forbidden. Jutta’s mother continued to shop in Jewish stores. Her father was demoted and her family moved to the town of Siegen, where her father ruled over a lesser court.

Jutta’s parents explained that what was happening in Germany was wrong and each night discussed what she and her brother had learned in school that day and told them what was right and what was wrong and not to speak out to their teachers or friends.

Jutta came to the United States in 1956. She married and raised a family in St. Louis.

Listen to Tape 1 / Side 1 of Jutta’s Oral History

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