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Oral history interview with Martin Gaudian

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.41 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0617

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Martin Gaudian, born in Paullina, Iowa on October 27, 1922, describes his parents’ German background and his own identity as a German-American growing up in Paullina; how his father fought for the United States in Germany during World War I; the effect of Hitler’s rise to power and the beginning of World War II on his town; the draft and its effect on his family and classmates; being drafted in 1943; his experience in the Air Force and training at various bases throughout the United States; being shipped to La Havre, France in April 1945; being switched to the Army; the train ride from France to Germany, where he was first stationed in Munich; arriving at Dachau in May 1945 after it was liberated; in the camp seeing a warehouse with various medical tools and body parts in jars, the water tower, and the furnace; being isolated from the outside world during his time in the camp; staying in Dachau for about three weeks; and the rest of his time in Bavaria until being shipped home after serving in Germany for seven months.

Interviewee
Martin Gaudian
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
2011 February 16  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:20:49
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