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Oral history interview with Joe Friedman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0481 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0380

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Joe Friedman, born in St. Joseph, MO on March 10, 1920, discusses his attempts to join the navy at the beginning of the war; being drafted into the US Army in July 1942; moving up the army ranks from private to corporal to sergeant; attending officer’s training school to become a second lieutenant; going overseas in 1944, where he was attached to the Third Army division and became a member of the 91st Evacuation Hospital; being part of the first company to enter the gates of Ohrdruf, a sub-camp of Buchenwald in Germany, in early April 1945; helping to get food and give the former prisoners the attention they needed; volunteering for work in displaced persons camps, which included Wildflecken in Germany and Baumberg, Germany; becoming the commander of the camp in Coburg, Germany and then being promoted to a captain; being commissioned to oversee all displaced persons camps and German repatriation in American-occupied Bavaria; working with the Jewish underground to get Jews across the border from the Russian zone into the American zone of Germany; being caught working with the underground and threatened with arrest; and making it back to the US, where he received an Army Commendation Medal.

Interviewee
Dr. Joe Friedman
Interviewer
Neenah Ellis
Date
1996 October 03  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..