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Oral history interview with Adalbert Lallier

Oral History | Accession Number: 2008.62 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0525

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Adalbert Lallier, born on May 7, 1925 in Botos, Hungary (present day Botoš, Serbia), describes his family and privileged childhood; the death of his mother when he was five years old; his family losing some of their factories during the Great Depression; the Nazi invasion in 1941 and immediately seeing the effects of the invasion on the local Jewish population; witnessing antisemitism among the Hungarian peasantry; his memories of the 1936 Olympics; his draft into the German Army on June 1, 1942; fighting Titoists and partisans in the Balkans at the end of 1944; attending officers' school; cleaning up after the bombing of Nuremberg; seeing a concentration camp for the first time in 1945; the ideological training through which he had to go as a member of the German Army; his capture by British soldiers; his father’s participation in the Nazi war crimes trials after the war; getting married in 1948 and then having two children; immigrating to Canada in October 1951 and finding a job working with an international refugee organization; and his reflections on his participation in the war on the side of the Germans.

Interviewee
Adalbert Lallier
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
2008 April 24  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
10 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
Interview funded by a grant from the Lerner Family Foundation.
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