Oral History

J. Elke Ertle

A native of Germany, Ertle was an eyewitness to President Kennedy’s historic speech in West Berlin on June 26, 1963. She turned eighteen on the day before the assassination. Ertle later moved to the United States and wrote a book about her early life, Walled-In: A West Berlin Girl’s Journey to Freedom (2013). Recorded May 6, 2013, and June 6 and June 7, 2014.