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Oral history interview with Hugh Jenkins

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0412 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0059

Hugh Jenkins, born December 29, 1914 in Lester, England, describes being the youngest of eight siblings, whose father was a Welsh minister; working before World War II with Quakers and being a conscientious objector even before the war; moving to London, England in 1944 to take part in training at a Quaker institute; being sent to Antwerp, Belgium after the training to do relief work; going to Belsen, Germany on April 22, 1944, soon after the camp had been discovered and the horrific scene; the various response processes at the camp; setting up a hospital, known as the “new camp,” maintaining a first aid station, and finding food; eventually being sent to Poland to be in charge of another camp; how even now he has a sense of desolation in how war is used to settle problems; working as the overseas secretary for the British Friends Relief Service until 1948, when he went to Philadelphia, PA to work with the American Friends Service Committee; and being sent to Washington, DC to be the director of the Foreign Student Service Center.


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Interviewee
Hugh M. Jenkins
Interviewer
Margaret Garrett
Date
interview:  1997 January 31
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes (74 min.).
 
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:32:02
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