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Oral history interview with Martin Gaudian

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

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.

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Martin Gaudian
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2011 February 16
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:23:33
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