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Oral history interview with Milton Shurr

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0286 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0031

Milton Shurr, born January 28, 1911 in the United States, describes his work with the Jewish Welfare Fund in Oklahoma City, OK in the early 1940s; his draft into the military and entering Officer’s Candidate School; being shipped overseas to England, where he worked in preparation for D-Day in June 1944; his recruitment by the Civil Affairs Unit of the Military Government to gather and identify medical supplies left behind on Omaha Beach, France; helping to provide food for the 15,000 survivors of Buchenwald and working with the Red Cross and Joint Distribution Committee; traveling to Bavaria, Germany to work has a health welfare officer; working to reopen schools, hospitals, banks, and other institutions in Germany; maintaining correspondence with his wife in America during the war; returning to the United States after the war and moving to Chicago as an assistant in health planning; and sharing what he had witnessed in Buchenwald after years of being unable to speak about it.


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Interviewee
Milton L. Shurr
Interviewer
Jason DeRose
Date
interview:  1996 July 16
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
 
Record last modified: 2020-06-24 14:46:37
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