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Oral history interview with John E. Dolibois

Oral History | Accession Number: 2000.95 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0408

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John E. Dolibois, born on December 4, 1918 in Luxembourg, describes growing up as the youngest of eight children and without a mother; his immigration to Ohio in June 1931; his graduation from Miami University and marriage to Winifred Englehart in 1942; being drafted November 13, 1942; starting a course in December 1943 to become an interrogator for prisoners of war; training at Camp Ritchie in Maryland; arriving in Revin, France, where he worked for the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Forces; arriving in Dachau on April 30, 1945; his assignment to the Central Continental Prisoner of War Enclosure no. 32 in the Palace Hotel in Mondorf, Luxembourg, where he interrogated Nazi prisoners of war; working with 51 prisoners including Hermann Goering, Julius Streicher, and Robert Ley; going to the International War Crimes Trials in Nuremberg, Germany, where he acted as the interpreter for the prison psychiatrist, put together a scrapbook of autographs and photos of high-ranking Nazis for General Eisenhower, and looked out for the welfare of the Nazi prisoners; his promotion to captain in January 1946; his participation in a project to get the “German viewpoint” of the Holocaust; returning to New York in May 1946; serving as the Vice President for University Relations at Miami University from 1967 until 1981; and serving as the United States Ambassador to Luxembourg from 1981 to 1985.

Interviewee
John Dolibois
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
2000 May 11  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:16:16
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