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Oral history interview with Mel London

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0121 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0428

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Mel London, born in 1923, discusses growing up in the Bronx, NY with immigrant parents; his awareness of the political situation in Europe before World War II; his concern for family in Europe; his identification with being Jewish; enlisting in the United States Army signal corps in May 1943; going to Officer Candidate School; antisemitism he encountered in the army and prejudice because of his friendships with black soldiers; seeing the aftermath of World War II in Europe; his knowledge of the Nuremberg war crime trials; becoming a documentary filmmaker; the request to interview Albert Speer after his book "Inside the Third Reich" was published in 1970; preparing for the interview; different attitudes towards Speer among Germans of different generations; and his perceptions of Speer.

Interviewee
Mel London
Interviewer
Katie Davis
Date
1996 April 22  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).