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Oral history interview with Peter Becker

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1263.4 | RG Number: RG-50.166.0004

Peter Becker, born in 1929, describes his father’s death in 1935; being educated in a special "Hitler school" for future Nazi party officials in Potsdam, Germany; his time as a member of the Hitler Youth; life in the school; his reflections on his feelings towards Adolf Hitler when he was young; becoming a Nazi; hearing about concentration camps for the first time when he was 12 years old; the antisemitic sentiment of the Germans; Kristallnacht; changes in his school during the war and attending a normal school in Potsdam; the end of World War II and the destruction of Potsdam; his brothers; the Russian occupation; his arrest and interrogation after being denounced as a Nazi; the re-education process; his general reflections on World War II; going to the United States; being drafted into the US Army; attending college; and his life and career in South Carolina as a professor.


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Interviewee
Peter Becker
Interviewer
Jean Brock
Date
interview:  1991 September 26
Language
English
Extent
2 videotape reels (1" Type C) : sound, color ; 1 in..
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:30:39
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