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Oral history interview with Erich Pichler

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.402.3 | RG Number: RG-50.654.0003

Erich Pichler, born in 1926 in St. Leonard, South Tyrol, Italy, discusses deserting the German Army with his older brother Karl and joining the local police; his arrest by Sudtirole Ordung Dienst (SUD) police, trial, and sentence to 11 years in prison with Karl; serving time in a criminal barrack at Dachau concentration camp in November 1944; witnessing SS guards humiliating prisoners who attempted to escape; his transport with Karl to an internment camp in Mosbach; working in several factories; the diversity of the population at Mosbach, including German, Croatian, Polish, and Norwegian prisoners; the composition of the guard at Mosbach, which included Hungarian SS and some local policeman; the evacuation of the camp to Dachau; harsh living conditions, overpopulation, and lack of food in Dachau; seeing soldiers loading bodies onto trucks; the arrival of American forces; being imprisoned by the Americans along with the camp’s guards because he wasn’t wearing a prison uniform; the threat of being executed as a war criminal; his time in the camp in Fusstehfeldbruck; and his release in August 1945.

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Erich Pichler
interview:  2009 December 06
2 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-05-04 15:48:38
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